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Arushi Chowdhury Khanna

2023 Fellow

Founder, LoomKatha

Cairo, Egypt

LoomKatha connects rural artisans and handloom weavers to the global market. The company’s focus is on discovering crafts that are on the verge of extinction, nurturing them back to life through product development programs, and marketing these products globally. LoomKatha’s model has succeeded in doubling artisan incomes from $70 to $150 a month within 2 years.

Founder Arushi Chowdhury Khanna has been involved in building sustainable crafts-based enterprises for the last 14 years. She has worked across the NGO, private sector, and government channels. As head of the Craftmark Program at the AIACA, she led the revival of the Mubarakpuri weaving craft. She is also a natural dyeing expert and her developments for Adiv Pvt Ltd have been used by brands like Eileen Fisher and Dosa. She also serves as a consultant with Threads of Hope Cairo, a social enterprise providing livelihoods to refugee women on natural dyes.

Arushi is the winner of the Foundation Chanel Woman Social Entrepreneur Award at WE Deliver Vancouver 2019 and the WICCI National Handloom Council Award for Entrepreneurship in 2021. LoomKatha is a member of the Aspen Institute’s global Artisan Alliance and an incubate of Niti Aayog’s Atal Incubation Cell (Government of India).