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WOMEN Making WAVES in WEAVES

showcases the stories of women in India, making a difference in their field, with dignity and grace in their saris...

Today the nari making waves in her sari is, Manju Jalota through her endeavor Alankrit...

Read on what Manju shares about herself and about Alankrit...

A naturalized Indian by descent and birth, I came into this filed 20 years ago knowing not what the future held for me.

With some trepidation as one would naturally have when stepping into the unknown, I set out on my journey here. While keeping true to my roots and origin, I have benefitted immensely mixing in a multiracial culture, appreciating the diversity, yet ironically at the same time, making me appreciate and treasure my heritage even more. This proved to be the germination of my passion for Indian ethnic wear. Overtime, I have come to appreciate its broad diversity though handcrafted, hand-printed Sarees in natural fabrics are of special interest to me. This passion and interest is being showcased through my promotional enterprise, ALANKRIT for the past 20 years.

Who We Are

'Alankrit – where the sheer hard work of rural folk comes alive! Manju Jalota, the Founder of Alankrit and a recent recipient of the UP Ratan award for her services to the Society, taught in St Francis College, Lucknow for about 20 years where she headed the Dept of History & Geography. She was also the ICSE Council head for the region. The aura of designing struck her while she was putting together her daughter’s wedding trousseau. Since then she’s never looked back! She has done more than her share of reviving the ancient art of chikankari and has taken pains to create awareness, bringing their collections to even the remote regions of India through their exhibitions. Today the company supports over 1200 workers and their families. From the designing, to weeks & even months of human labour to create that exquisite piece we all fall for…the simple muslins, cottons, the much loved chiffons & crepes or the richer silks are used. An unconventional mix of mediums be it texture, prints or embroidery - makes each piece unique. Discover Chikan-in- Fusion at your doorstep!'