WHO WE ARE
Rising yarn prices, falling employment opportunities, declining wage rates, shrinking markets and idling looms, Indian weavers have nobody to take up cudgels on their behalf.
Confluence is a registered body under the Indian Trust Act 1882. Confluence offers a fascinating model that combines compassion and artistic acumen to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever.
The mission and vision of Confluence is to organize these Handloom weavers into clusters and make them competitive by providing support for their long term sustainability. Confluence aims at sustained employment, to enhance the marketability of products of such clusters, to equip traditional artisans of the associated clusters with improved skills, to make provision for common facilities and improved tools and equipment for artisans, to strengthen the cluster with the active participation of the stakeholders. To build up innovative and traditional skills, improved technologies, advanced processes, market intelligence and create awareness about new models of public-private partnerships.
Confluence is working towards the unsung gentry of weavers. To become the voice of the voiceless and create a periphery for the gentry to take the plunge in the mainstream market. Decades of poorly-implemented protection policies and the growth of power loom imitations have led to the slow downfall of the handloom sector..
Working Towards the Cause
MAKE IN INDIA Activist & Founder of Confluence
Smita was born in Benares, the cultural capital of India. Being blessed with a family business in the field of textiles, she has been very close to the art of weaving since childhood. The sounds of looms have ever since been the lullabies for her and observing the intricacies of the warp and the woof have been her leisure pursuit. Being exposed to the dire condition of the artisans, Smita decided to commit her passion to the cause of reviving the dying art form.
She pursued her higher education in Textile designing adding in-depth technicalities of textiles to her knowledge pool. She has been conferred with various accolades to her name like the Make in India Award and NRI Achievers Samman just to name a few.
Confluence is a creation of Smita that has been registered under the Indian Trust Act 1882. With the aim of reaching out to those millions of artisans living on the brink of extinction and reviving their trade, Confluence has turned out to be a successful support system and also a ray of hope for their survival. It’s just the beginning Confluence has spruced up the artisans across the nation and new success stories are yet to be penned it its glorious records.