Shradhanjali - the gift of nature
Shradhanjali (offering of faith) was started in 1980 in the corner of the Aspiration community by two young Indian women who wanted to create something beautiful that would help to generate the much needed income for Auroville.
The past 38 years have been an enriching voyage to reach where they are today as they see it as a special privilege and responsibility to be an Auroville Unit.
Their aims since the very beginning in 1980 have been:
- To gather the wealth of the natural world as expressed through flowers and foliage and convert this into beautiful handmade products in a conscious, caring and sustainable way.
- To provide a stimulating and enriching working environment for the village women and men that it employs.
- To generate wealth for the growth of Auroville in a conscious, ethical manner working harmoniously with its buyers and suppliers.
Working with the beauty that nature provides Shradhanjali is committed to using environmental friendly processes and techniques. Their working space is equipped with solar energy, wastewater is recycled for the garden and rainwater is harvested. The flowers and plants that are used in their products are grown in the garden of Shradhanjali in organic manure. The flowers are handpicked every day and dried in cardboard presses by hand. Seeds and seedpods are harvested seasonally and sun dried. For the products all steps from the growing and care of the plants to their drying, decorative arrangement and final packaging are done by hand only. Most of the products are made of handmade paper, which is processed by recycling cotton rags adding other natural fibres like straw, wool or gunny.
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