PadukasArtisans

Handcrafted with Heart and Soul of India

Announcement    Welcome to the Padukas Artisans Etsy Store!

Celebrate with us that the Indian Postal Service is up and running again! This means we can ship our packages off to you quickly. During the pandemic lockdown, fulfilling our orders became a nightmare. We had the products ready to send, but there were literally no shipments leaving India for months.

Our workshop is running at full capacity. We have new artsy products to share with you.

VIEW THE PADUKAS STORY: A life of Harsh Drudgery in the Outback of India to Creativity and Joy......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hRjYYskPUc

Padukas employs women living in difficult environment with few creature comforts and amenities that the western world takes for granted. Your purchase allows us to employ more and more women to bring their families out of poverty and support their children to create a better life.

Blessings from all of us at Padukas

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 19, 2021

Welcome to the Padukas Artisans Etsy Store!

Celebrate with us that the Indian Postal Service is up and running again! This means we can ship our packages off to you quickly. During the pandemic lockdown, fulfilling our orders became a nightmare. We had the products ready to send, but there were literally no shipments leaving India for months.

Our workshop is running at full capacity. We have new artsy products to share with you.

VIEW THE PADUKAS STORY: A life of Harsh Drudgery in the Outback of India to Creativity and Joy......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hRjYYskPUc

Padukas employs women living in difficult environment with few creature comforts and amenities that the western world takes for granted. Your purchase allows us to employ more and more women to bring their families out of poverty and support their children to create a better life.

Blessings from all of us at Padukas

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About PadukasArtisans

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On Etsy since 2014

Beautiful Indian Sarees, Tribal Paintings & Digital Art Transformed into Colorful Bedding, Wearable Art and Inspiring Thangkas

I love color and fabrics and textures and rhythm and rhyme in patterns. In India, I am in fabric heaven. Everywhere you turn, your eyes feast on the beauty of those gorgeous Indian women in the most amazing array of colorful sarees---big playful flowers, organic tribal patterns, exquisite embroidery, many hand made on looms, silks, cotton, rayon, even polyester can be stunning, the full rainbow of colors.

My husband and I manage a small meditation retreat facility in Ganeshpuri, a small town in rural India, that caters to the western tourist and pilgrim. Over the years we have come to know that most western women don't feel comfortable wearing a saree, neither in India nor at home. But westerners are entranced with the colors and want the joy of wearing such beauty.

Thus, my husband and I began designing objects of beauty made of saree fabric. I started off with making kurtas,or tunics out of hand woven cotton sarees that I picked up from Bengal or lighter than air cotton sarees printed with inspired designs. I visited the wholesale market in downtown Mumbai buying dress materials to make fun clothes that the tourist enjoys wearing when on tour in India. But I find myself coming back again and again to the saree.

Personally, I wear a saree quite often, but it has taken me five years to find a saree that I feel comfortable wearing and that I can put on myself. But even my own sarees eventually go into the fabric patch where we can grab to make something new.

My husband, an impressionist painter, is inspired by the HIndu culture and art. He found ways to use sarees to frame local art in the same manner as a Tibetan thangka. He works with two artists on their content, design, choice of color, and finishing to create art works for his special thangka pieces. These wall hangings, each a work of art, are valued by our visiting guests at the retreat facility.

One of our retreat guests asked us to create some yoga bags for her. We jumped right in by picking out one of the most brilliant red and gold embroidered saree to make a sensational yoga bag. I thought of the western woman who is timid to wrap a saree and wear on her city streets, but could be happy to swing this luxurious looking bag over her casual western clothes.

A fellow expat offered to show us how to make patchwork quilts from old sarees. And this has bloomed into a full time business. We have twenty five Indian women working for us, each about 5 to 6 hours a day. This allows them to still have time to tend to the family's needs of gathering water at the well and cooking over a wood stove. These are women who would not have an opportunity to work outside the house except to do house keeping, farm work, or simple stitching for her family and neighbors. Instead, they are appreciative of the opportunity to work in a design house creating new items for the world market. We work together having great fun creating art!

I discovered that I can take my favorite photos of India, Nepal, Thailand and China and transform them into a wondrous expressionist painting by clicking a few buttons on Adobe Photoshop Elements. I finally can create the kind of paintings I wish I could make free hand. My drawing ability has not been one of my strong suits. So I am thrilled to paint with software instead. One of my friends introduced me to digital printing and now my favorite "paintings" of Asia find new homes in my patchwork quilts, wall hangings, and clothes.

Shop members

  • Jeanetta Monosoff Haley

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I love color and fabrics and textures and rhythm and rhyme in patterns. In India, I am in fabric heaven....designing clothes, patchwork quilts, yoga accessories, wall hangings... all from gorgeous Indian sarees and local Warli tribal art.

  • Dewa Haley

    Creator, Designer, Owner

    Creates beauty wherever he goes...with an eye for color and design. creating stunningly beautiful wall hangings featuring Hindu divinity framed with rich golden saree fabrics.

  • Ruchira Jadhav

    Creator, Designer

    Brings to our workshop magnificent skill at working a sewing machine with attention to detail and finessing a design to perfection!

  • Asha More

    Creator, Designer

    Fabulous flair for color! Creative approach to challenges that arise in our sewing projects

  • Deepak Dadorae

    Creator

    Captures a mystical depth and beauty in the portraits he creates for our wall hangings.

  • Manisha Pandav

    Creator

    Manisha recently joined our team bringing expertise and commitment to producing good quality every time.

  • Ratna Pandav

    Creator

    Ratna brings years of sewing and is able to adapt her knowledge to our patchwork quilt making.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 8, 2020
Padukas is thrilled that you have visited our Etsy Online Store. Padukas is owned by an NGO that is guiding women and men in rural India to create and sell their art. Not only do they generate income but they build their self esteem in discovering new valuable talents.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
We begin the refunding process within a day or two of your notification. Please understand that If the package has already been sent,
We can not refund your purchase.
Payment
Payment
I accept payment via PayPal, selected credit cards (via Etsy's direct checkout facility) and Etsy Gift Cards.

PayPal:
Never fear - you don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay, as you can pay with your debit or credit card directly on the PayPal site as a PayPal guest (http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/).
Shipping
As advised by Etsy, we have changed all of our product prices to include shipping. So need to worry about an extra cost.
The price listed is your final price.

Items are priced at shipping via Indian Post. The package takes a little longer to arrive, but the cost of shipping is definitely cheaper.

The purchaser can choose to have Padukas send the package using a door to door courier service which ships to all international and national destinations more quickly. The cost is more and yet can arrive usually within seven days.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please do inquire about wholesale pricing for bulk orders.

If you wish to purchase in Indian rupees, please visit our Indian store: www.padukaseboutique.com.
But Padukaseboutique only ships within the country of India.
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