Fancy Bags Expressing Love for Nature

‘Sanchi Bags’, a city-based start-up, made the first promotional sale at the International Short Film Festival of Kerala and then at the IFFK held last year

Published: 24th February 2014 10:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2014 10:15 AM   |  A+A-


Adding a green tint to the fashion quotient of the city, ‘Sanchi Bags’, a city-based start-up, is offering 100-per cent biodegradable bags that express the love for nature in a unique and stylish manner.

 Zafer Ameer, who is currently working as a QA engineer in TKM Infotech at Technopark, had started this venture six months ago with the aim of promoting eco-friendly products among youth.  “This was not my effort alone, but a joint venture of all my friends belonging to different arenas. I am just a coordinator. I have been a big fan of cloth-bags since I was a child. I have visited many shops in search of them, but could not find any. I had plans for conducting a study on these kind of bags,” he says.

 “Finally, I found a tailor who made such beautiful cloth-bags at Kovilpatti in Tamil Nadu. His name was Navarmani, an ordinary tailor who was into making cotton bags along with the usual stitching works. As a trial, we gave him a design and asked him to make a bag according to it. He totally surprised us. He is the backbone of our venture now,” says.   The bags are custom-made according to the demand and design. The textile material for the production is directly bought from cloth mills in order to reduce the cost to a minimum. Zafer says that they are not eyeing profits with this venture, but the spread of this culture. They are also offering a way for students to earn a bit by marketing the bags.

 “As part of spreading this culture and promoting self-employment, we have been organising training programmes for many with Navarmani’s help. He is now a full-time ‘sanchi-maker.’ We bought two automatic stitching machines after starting commercial production. A small unit was started at Kovilpatti, where 80 per cent of the production takes place,” Zafer adds.


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