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DevTrade- INDIA – Handmade Crocheted Cotton Lace Products

Our beautiful hand-made crocheted lace products are sourced from Emmanuel Handicrafts in India.  These products include lace crosses and lace stoles.

Emmanuel Handicrafts commenced in 1994 as a Christian organisation to provide work for very poor local women in the Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The lace making was originally introduced to this area by a Scottish missionary called Mrs Macre in 1844.  She taught four very poor local women who were without proper work the ancient skill of crocheting cotton.  God has blessed this work so that today the Coastal area of Andhra Pradesh is mostly dependent on this artisan work with over 30 rural villages relying on this trade.

Emmanuel Handicrafts aims to create work for the sake of the artisans – to provide daily bread for themselves and their families, but also for their enjoyment and encouragement. Its motto is to love God and love your neighbour as yourself. Each day at the organisation starts with singing of hymns, reading of Scriptures and communal prayer before the artisans attend to their work.

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