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Creation from Chaos - the Kanban way

Creation of any sort is almost always a chaotic process. A million thoughts collide to spin webs of life that meet at one central point - the centre of your creation itself. However, chaos is not always visible. There could be a million moving parts that threaten to usurp your mindspace - mental boxes that you carefully reserved and rationed for different parts of the process. Even so, there is no saying what may happen to the rest of your resources while you fixate on one issue, one moving part, one little cog that seems to be out of tune with the rest of your work. Workplaces that are based on the creation of something anything, often face a wide...

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Chindi Si Baat: From Rags to Rewarding Experiences

Umbara’s Unlock stories have shown you the journey that Rama and the Umbara women went on, together. It has been a journey of shared stories, hopes, pains, obstacles, triumph, creation, and empowerment. The creation of an entire line of products from scraps of cloth, that too in such unprecedented times, was in no way an easy job. What drove the women was not just a wish to do something with their time, but also a need to establish their own centres of power within themselves. Rama understood the different aspects of this process and mindspace. At Umbara, we depend on our women. Their resilience, strength, and grace never fail to leave us awestruck. To them, sewing and creating these products...

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Of courage and creation: The Making of Umbara’s ‘Unlock Series’

It hasn’t been easy at all, for anyone, to make the most of the lockdown. These are uncertain times, and life is now more than ever a factor of what we do with it. The unusual thing at Umbara, something that gives us strength and joy, is the tenacity of the team not to bow down to difficult situations. It is important for us to chronicle the learnings and the breakthroughs that the team worked with to overcome the situations that being closer to grassroots often entails. Barriers and their breakingFor women, a usual barrier is the inability to step out of their homes, there is the pressure of managing the household, juggling responsibilities, and the inevitable restrictions brought by...

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Paalaguttapalle Blouses

"I had this group in mind for a workshop ever since they made beautiful bags for Umbara. Initially, I too thought the impact was because of perfect coordination, and delivery. But, the bags were perfect. We ordered 80 bags. And they came with soldier walk uniformity. A challenge for even brands like GAP. It was a fruitful 3 days of training these 4 ladies in making blouses. Please join us in wishing Paalaguttapalle team the very best", says our founder Rama Narayanan. This endeavour would be beneficial for those who would like to place orders directly with them so they can develop a sustainable model. The quality of studentship in them and the willingness to learn is uncorrupted by life...

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