Photo Courtesy of Kara Weaves
We had the opportunity to interview Usha Mohandas, a mother and an artisan working with Kara Weaves, an inspiring social enterprise in India. Usha is an expert in making and tying tassels, many of which are included on our collection of towels. To hear more of Usha’s story, keep reading below!
I am Usha and we are a family of three. I have a son, Abhijith, studying in school and my husband works as a auto rickshaw driver. We live close to office, in a suburb area in the southwestern part of India (Ernakulam district, Kerala). I started working with Kara Weaves seven years back. I help in finishing the towels/napkins, which comes woven from the weaving co-operatives. I make tassels, pom poms, and other trims for the towels.
1. How has working with Kara Weaves and The Little Market impacted your life and your family’s life?
I learnt to make many products and have got an understanding of the color combinations in the market.
Working with Kara Weaves has given a good income to support my home and education of my child. The burden of finance at home has become less. In the last seven years, I, along with my family, have come forward in all aspects of life. Through The Little Market, I am happy that our products are able to reach in the international market.
2. What is your favorite product to make for The Little Market?
I love to make tassels for all the beach towels. The rainbow textile is my favourite!
3. What is something you’d like to teach your children?
Apart from my work at Kara, I am also a dance artist. So, I like to share my knowledge in dance with my son. He has built his talent in dance over the years as I have guided him through it and I would like to keep continuing the guidance.
I also share the things that we do in our organisation. I talk about all the products to him and he likes to know about them too!
4. What is something you’ve learned from your children?
I have learnt new English words from him and sometimes, he also reads out from the newspaper for me.
5. What are you most proud of, personally and professionally?
I am proud of working in a social enterprise who are working towards a good cause of supporting handlooms of our state.
We loved hearing from Usha! To see our collection from artisans like Usha at Kara Weaves, visit our site.
A special thank you to Usha, Brintha, and the Kara Weaves team for contributing to our Mother’s Day series!