Tuesday 13th 11.15 am – 12.15 pm
ZOOM meeting: Zoom ID will be posted on whatsapp and emailed one day prior to the meeting.
Importance of marrying high quality and ethical work practices!
Arushi Agarwal is a designer for social good; making handmade products and their makers relevant to the modern consumer. She has been an UnLtd India Fellow, a Dalberg Big Bet Ambassador, and part of TechnoServe's Business Accelerator Program. In addition to this, she is a part of the Global Shapers Community where she runs the Shaping Sustainability CHD project along with holding the position of Impact Officer for her local hub.
By combining handcraft processes with design, with a focus on consumer experience, she has worked to create social impact and consumer value through her venture The Initiative. Featured in several digital and print media both in India and abroad, The Initiative, whose key craft is that of hand-quilting, has earned a reputation for its high quality, ethically made products, whilst promoting sustainable livelihoods to low-income craftspeople.
Prior to her social impact journey, Arushi worked as a Design Researcher and Strategist in Denmark. She continues to consult on projects ranging from design interventions in the craft sector to experience design for online platforms, and is a regular jury panelist at design schools in India.
In Arushi’s own words, ’In staying true to the origins of their key craft - Hand quilting - whilst keeping its inherent qualities alive, we use garment production waste as our raw material - meticulously hand quilting each little bit together to bring a whole new fabric to life. It is from this fabric that we create our range of one-of-a-kind products.’
Join us for what promises to be a truly enlightening morning.
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