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  • Ganesha runs a mile

    A mile, smile and Ganesha

    Posted on May 10, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Look what we spotted while out running the Sport Relief mile in Southampton! Vandanamu’s very own Ganesha bag! Now, that sight alone lifted our hearts and the rest of the mile felt like a walk in the park. Hang on, it was a walk in the park.

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  • sewing unit giggles

    In action!

    Posted on May 1, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Here’s a little video from our sewing unit. The women were trying very hard to keep a straight face but once the giggles set in, nothing could come in its way. Now you know why we call ours a smile shop, don’t you?

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  • A full circle

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Late last years, our sewing unit was privileged to play host to two visitors from UK. Jen and Lynsey had been awarded a scholarship from the prestigious The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and had visited our producer group as part of their study tour in India and Nepal. This week, it was Vandanamu’s turn to [...]

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  • The importance of wearing sensible shoes

    Posted on March 23, 2012 by admin in Blog.

      Vandanamu was privileged to be part of two great events over the last two weeks. The response to our products and those behind them was fabulous. It convinced us more than ever about the path we have set out on. But the most crucial learning lay elsewhere. Both events involved remaining standing for long [...]

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  • Addition!

    Posted on March 16, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Here’s a cool new addition to our range of bags. A recycled newspaper bag that can be easily customised. These nifty little things are made by a small producer¬† from the same village where our sewing unit is located. They are made out of recycled Tamil newspapers and are great way to catch up on [...]

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  • QR code on a bag

    Posted on March 5, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Recently we received an order of bags for Jersey Tourism. The client had a novel idea of printing QR codes on the bags which when photographed using a smart phone, will take the user straight their website. The intricate maze was a tricky feat for our printer to master. However, he is not one to [...]

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  • A thousand words

    Posted on February 13, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    Among those who volunteer for Vandanamu is a wonderfully talented couple. He a gifted photographer and she a natural model with a keen eye for aesthetics. Much of the product shots that you see on this website were clicked by Ashish Thandavan whose wife Aga Kubal is the model posing for them. Their excellent work [...]

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  • Meet the printer

    Posted on February 8, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    All the brilliant printing that you see done on our bags is down to one man. Our printer Mounussamy. Mounussamy is a one-man army who has been screen printing for the last 23 years. He screen prints the cloth manually, one-by-one. He agonises over every detail. For instance, the bee on the Co-op logo (see [...]

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  • Salmon instead of turquoise

    Posted on February 6, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    You may recall the distinct, turquoise-coloured walls that formed the backdrop to the photos from our sewing unit. We have moved premises and the new sewing unit has walls that are salmon-hued. We have also built a separate new loo, for use by the women. Here are a couple of photos from the build.

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  • Social Enterprise Exchange

    Posted on January 31, 2012 by admin in Blog.

    It is billed as the world’s biggest social enterprise event and guess who made the bags for this year’s Social Enterprise Exchange in Glasgow? More information about this fantastic event may be found here. And by the way, don’t you just love the smiles in the photo?

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