Anchal Project Cross-Stitch Coin Purse

Article code 210000037932
Features the hand-stitched signature of the maker, an artisan in Ajmer, India. Perfect to store change, business cards or jewelry. Handmade from organic cotton accented with tiny cross-stitch detailing enclosed with a gold-tone zipper. 4.75"h x 3.5"w
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RISD Alum Colleen Clines
Degree MLA Landscape Architecture
Year 2010

A Global Sisterhood is Born

With backgrounds in design, sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines lead the organization by placing design and collaboration at the center of Anchal’s practice. 

It all started in a design studio. Colleen Clines was taking a graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design that took her on a trip to India in 2009. Through local leadership, Colleen was introduced to the exploitive world of the commercial sex trade and the lack of opportunity for women in the community. It was in this moment she was inspired to design more than beautiful landscapes, she was determined to collaborate with the NGO using design.

“We felt compelled to take the project beyond the classroom with the conviction that our design training, in collaboration with local leadership, could address seemingly intractable social and environmental systems. The women we met became our sisters, sisters we had to fight for.” 

- Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO