Tisser(June 22, 2017) WEConnect International recently held its first ever photo contest for women-owned businesses. We received nearly 100 entries from 11 countries and named 5 finalists who are now in the running for a grand prize. Though Tisser’s entry was not chosen for the final round, we wanted to share their photo and a little more about the company.

"Tisser" is French word for weave. Tisser aims to weave an exclusive rural boutique, opened to the world via various social portals, from products that are made using traditional techniques, skills and hand-based processes found throughout rural India, in order to support sustainable economic development of the artisans and weavers from the poser sections of the society.

Tisser has weaved a network of rural products across the globe whereby products from multiple cluster across the rural India and made available on wholesale rate to the retailers via one central location. They work on the entire supply chain and provide support to artisans on design and product development to marketing.

Tisser’s approach is to create a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment and preserving India's traditional handicrafts in the process, as well as become a model for sustainable development for the crafts people throughout the world. Tisser’s products are natural, handcrafted, contemporary, stylish and affordable.

They work with more than 20,000 artisans on 300 plus products. They have done a few innovations in Mobile based Apps to connect artisan directly with the clients. Their photo entry highlights an occasion when a five-member team from Afghanistan visited Tisser Unit @Mumbai. The biggest testimonial was from a visiting team member.

"Ms.Farida was quiet from the beginning of tour. But after meeting you she was so happy as it was Eureka for her. Hopefully she will taking learning's from you and incorporated into development and scaling up her enterprise."

"It was a pleasure to meet and know that three members of the visiting team were working in similar social enterprises who support local women in products and its marketing. One of the member has sent Tisser the local art/Embroidery pictures via mail and Tisser is exploring how to support the artisans. Art without boundaries in true sense."