We are overwhelmed by the response we got this year. Raksha Bandhan is still more than two weeks away and we are already sold out!
Commerce was never our main intention when we started making these bands three years back. It’s always been about building our collective awareness and understanding around the issues of ecology, agrarian crisis, GMOs, IPRs and the exploitative systems we are part of and therefore party to.
So let’s not limit this process by confining it to seed bands’ transaction only, but keep it going on in our own ways… & in the meantime, you may get in touch with these awesome people who might have some of the seed bands in stock with them for your procurement. 🙂
Team Beejpaatra – a Gram Art Project initiative
BHARATH, Destination for Essential ALternatives : +91-9640335320
Deepti, Jeevaniya Naturals: +91-8447403418
Kalsubai Millets & Traditional Foods : +91-7263025436 , +91-9422206267
Lakshmi, Sirjapur Road : +91-9731211364 | http://www.facebook.com/rentacutlery | https://www.rimagined.com
Buffalo Back, Jayanagar: +91-8026548654
Namrata, Green Apron : +91-9900485250
Organic Mandya : +91-9742245452
Anu Pillai, Palghar: +91-8087180464
La Devi Organic, Fort : +91-9821112626
Chaitanya: +91- 82919 57159
Elworld Agro & Organic Foods, Noida: +91-9910690164
http://www.seedrakhi.com/ : +91-9116001917
Monsoon is here and so are traditional and modern festivals to celebrate relationships. Let’s not limit these celebrations towards our siblings or friends and family only. Let’s also revive our forgotten relationships. The relationship with our natural ecosystem, our agriculture, our farmers and the artisans who spin, weave and add colours to the fabric of our lives.
These seed bands are made from non-GM (Genetically Modified) indigenous cotton grown organically by farmers in our village Paradsinga (Tehsil Sausar, District Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India), hand-spun into yarn on charkhas by women of Wardha, naturally dyed by artisans of Erode and converted into beautiful bands, homemade and handmade by women of Paradsinga, Kelwad, Satnoor, Khairi and Boregaon. These bands are embedded with non-GM, non-hybrid seeds directly from the farmers of Wardha, Nagpur and Paradsinga. So let’s celebrate these new relationships in our lives and strengthen these bonds by buying, tying, sowing these seed bands and spreading the message.
Some interesting facts about our seed bands;
1. Cotton used for making the yarn of our seed bands is the indigenous species Gossypium Arborium variety Phule Anmol.
2. While government refuses to implement a Swaminathan commission recommendation to pay farmers the cost of cultivation + 50%, we have gone ahead and given 50% over the minimum support price (MSP) to our farmers.
3. We have started the process of reducing our cash transactions & slowly replaced it with local currency of barter. Seed band makers are being paid a part of their making charges in kind, i.e., through the safe, poison free and nutritious food we grow in our farms.
4. These seed bands hold local seeds of the plants; Ragi, Rajgira, Jowar, Rice, Purslane, Amaranthus, Mustard, Roselle, Tulsi, Indigenous cotton and Touch me not which can even be grown in pots or in a small garden at home and consumed in forms of vegetables and medicines. Along with it these seed bands also hold the seeds of some small and big indigenous trees of Sandalwood, Bixa, Bael, Prajakta and Khair.
This band holds a seed in it so just tie it, sow it & see your relationship grow.
This is a step towards organic, chemical free, sustainable living and an exploitation-free environment and society
See our special interactive Seedband R-013