Handmade and vintage Rajasthani fashion accessories

Gladstone, Australia | 176 Sales


Handmade and vintage Rajasthani fashion accessories

Gladstone, Australia 176 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Jaclyn McCosker

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Jaclyn McCosker


Saheli (Female Friend)

My name is Jaclyn McCosker and I founded Saheli Designs in February 2015 as a not-for-profit social enterprise.

Working with the small community, we identified that the women had basic skills in embroidery so we provided skill training and began producing fashion accessories to provide financial independence for our women, who typically rely upon their husbands for an allowance.

Shop members

  • Jaclyn McCosker

    Owner, Customer Service, Marketer

    A community developer by trade and part-time counselling student. I run the marketing and sales of Saheli Designs from Melbourne, Australia while pursuing other social and animal justice initiatives.

  • Susila Soni


    Susila of the jeweller caste has never been to school. She did not learn to read or write. She is the mother of 4, and a cancer survivor. But she is more than that, because she now runs the Saheli Centre!

  • Santi Rathi

    Creator, Teacher

    Santi Rathi of the merchant caste is both our teacher and a permanent member of Saheli. She is the sole earner in her household and hopes to send her daughter to university.

  • Rukia Suffi

    Creator, Centre Manager

    Rukia Suffi, 28yo, is of the Muslim minority of Bhikamkor, and a mother of 4. With only 2 years education she is one of the brightest and most tolerant in our centre. Rukia currently sends her 3 school age daughters to private school.

  • Rekha Soni


    Rekha is known for her fiery personality. After 5 years out of school the Saheli Centre advocated for her education and she was returned to secondary school.

  • Dhapu Megwhal


    Dhapu is a widow from the Dalit community, the sweeper caste. In Indian society, you can't get much lower. When Dhapu first joined, she couldn't afford soap to bathe. Now Dhapu is earning her own income and is a welcomed part of the community.

  • Sobha Harijan


    Sobha is from the lowest caste. She was a child bride and mother until she was widowed at a young age. Originally Sobha had asked if she could clean our toilets, a job intended for the lower caste. But now she's one of our most conscientious workers.

  • Santosh Magwhal


    Santosh is a lower caste 15 year old from outside the town. She requires escorting to and from the centre every day to be allowed to go. But for a young girl in the village, earning an income can mean she is allowed to continue her education.

  • Santosh Joshi.


    Santosh is from the Brahmin community, but lives further out of town where the family sleep outdoors because their house is too small. Santosh is the eldest of six siblings and helps support her entire family through her Saheli wages.

  • Durga 'Laddu' Soni


    Laddu comes from a very conservative Brahmin family. She dropped out of school and said she wanted to be a housewife. But now Laddu is our most talented worker and as such is responsible for all bag colour choices.

  • Mamta Vaishnav


    Mamta was widowed this year. By culture she's not meant to remarry, have children, wear nice clothes, or even smile again. But instead Mamta joined Saheli Designs and is undergoing training to become our sewing instructor.

  • Neetu Rathi


    Neetu is in Grade 11. She graduated Grade 10 with good marks. Since she is still studying, she shares the workload with her mother. Neetu is a very conscientious and ambitious learner who wants to go to university.

  • Mamta Sharma


    Mamta is a mother of 2 who lives with her in-laws while her husband works in another state. They only see each other every 3-4 months. Before joining Saheli, Mamta sat infront of the TV all day. Now, she feels her life has purpose!

  • Bhawari Devi


    From the Meghwal caste, Bhawari has never been to school or worked in a job. From no experience she has now delivered her skills to be quite a fine artisan.

  • Kanta Meghwal


    Kanta is Dhapu's daughter-in-law and was inspired by her to join the centre. She is a mother of two from the Meghwal community. She is very shy and is always veiled, but had the courage to join the centre and learn a new skill.

  • Kiran Sharma


    Kiran is the most educated lady of the centre. She has a Bachelor of Arts and is pursuing her Masters Degree. However, there are no career outcomes for this education in the village and her main income remains the Saheli Centre.

  • Insaf Hussein


    Insaf is a Shaikh Muslim who lives in Jodhpur and prints our bag designs onto the fabric. He is an artisan gifted in drawing and embroidering.

  • Govind-ji


    Govind-ji lives in an ex-slum area in Jodhpur as a talented bag tailor. He stitches our clutches and wallets for us.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Jan 11, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

All clothes are made with a standard Australian size 10 or S-M in mind.

Care instructions

Spot wash or hand wash all mirrored items with care to protect them from cracking.

The blouses blockprint cotton is safe for machine wash.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Pending availability products come packaged in a variety of reusable drawstring bags made in our centre, with two business cards to give the item context for the recipient.

Shipping Times

I don't earn money from Saheli Designs, it's not my full time job. So please be aware that as my store policies state, it will take several days for your package to be posted. If you require express shipping, please select this option at checkout. I can't add express after it's already been posted.

Once in the mail it's Australia Post who become responsible for timely delivery. If you live in a rural area, please consider potentially extended shipping times when ordering. I cannot control arrival dates, as such it's the customer's responsibility to order products ahead of time if they're needed by a particular date.