Dindori project (India) initiative started by WomenWeave Charitable Trust to boost the local weaving industry of the Dindori community in Madhya Pradesh; also referred to as The Khatkhata Project for the sound made by looms. The traditionally all-male community of weavers was once a robust hub of handloom activity. As traditional markets waned due to dwindling demand and a shrinking male artisan community, weaving declined to 15 villages with fewer than 10 weavers per village. The Dindori initiative takes a pragmatic approach to revitalization, teaching new textile skills along with product development and marketing. In 2010, starting with 40 local area weavers, the project’s launch marked the first time in local history that women learned to weave. Graduates from National Institute of Design, like Neha Lad and Geeta Patel, provide artistic guidance and encourage weavers to expand their design vocabulary beyond typical traditional choices. (2013) See also WomenWeave
dosa (USA, Korea, India) clothing, housewares, and accessories company started in 1984 by mother and daughter, Vivian Kim and Christina Kim. The Korean word for sage or expert, dosa was the nickname given to Vivian Kim by her American work colleagues when she first moved to America. Dosa is also a popular and beloved South Indian food made of rice and lentil batter. During Christina’s initial visits to India, the familiar word on her business card swiftly opened doors with a warm welcome, a sure sign that dosa and India were meant to be.