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Karuna Doll, by Tsunamika, Supports Artisans

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Today, in 2020, as the world struggles with a global pandemic, where millions of lives and livelihoods are at stake, Tsunamika once again resurrects herself as the doll of compassion - 'Karuna'. A drop of compassion can make a difference to many lives, and your smallest contribution will go a long way in supporting our artisan friends. By supporting the handmade industry, you are sustaining and nourishing the craft industry of India at its very roots and providing creative dignity to over 200 million artisans striving endlessly to preserve these ancient arts passed on from generation to generation. Our artisans need our support and creative dignity has emerged as a citizen's movement in multiple states all over India. Creative Dignity is a movement that has brought together diverse creative producers, practitioners and professionals to energize the ecosystem that Indian artisans need in this time of COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impact. Our focus is to provide relief, and rejuvenation of the artisans in a bid to ensure their sustained prosperity. Take home a Karuna doll - a living symbol of compassion and contribute towards an artisan's livelihood in Pondicherry.   


‘Tsunamika’ is a non-profit project ( initiated under Upasana Design Studio, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, she was born in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. She helped hundreds of fisher women who lost their livelihood to overcome the trauma of a sudden and violent act of nature. Tsunamika started with trauma counselling to fisher women in these villages. They were trained by Uma and her team to make little dolls out of cloth bits, and waste from clothing manufacturing. This activity helped the women in building back their lives, earn a living, and most importantly inspired them to never lose hope. The story of Tsunamika soon reached many people around the world. Many organizations, in order to help the coastal women, distributed them as gifts to their employees. Most notably, Tsunamika dolls were sent from India to Japan during the Tsunami in 2011 as a gesture of solidarity. A gift of 6 million handmade dolls has been made across 80 countries! On her 10th birthday Tsunamika took a new avatar to rebuild and strengthen the connection we have with our environment.On 10th January, 2015 Tsunamika collaborated with many artists, schools, volunteers, PONDYCAN , National Coastal Protection Campaign, and Government of Pondicherry, and became a symbol for the protection of the oceans and the coastline of India. In her new avatar, Tsunamika has emerged as a voice of Ocean Preservation. Tsunamika is deeply connected with oceans, because she is the child of an ocean.

The #TsunamikaSaveOcean campaign has been started on World Cleanup Day on 21st September, 2019, becoming voice for ocean’s ecology and ocean’s health.

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The Clothing Lab

Welcome to The Clothing Lab sessions @Upasana- Taking fashion to a journey of creating true beauty. The Clothing Lab wants to initiate dialogue and create a community to provide a direction to come together and move towards conscious living. We believe inspiration is a sacred place and in sharing we grow. Conscious clothing takes us towards conscious living.

Basic ( 2 hrs)

Calling out to the tribe of people who wish to explore conscious and sustainable lifestyles. Come acquaint yourself with concepts of Sustainability and Circularity, Engage in open discussions and reflect on the contributions as conscious consumers.

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Intermediate (5 hrs)

Learn about global fashion challenges, role as a conscious client, personal wardrobe audits and your conscious clothing scores. Engage closely with “Conscious Fashion“ and experience the change. Come have a walk-through of the Upasana campus.


Weekend Experience

Two day workshop at Upasana's community in Auroville. Typically featuring development of sustainable and ethical practices, Upasana case study, personal audits, fashion scenario across the world. Credited with Certificate of Participation.

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1. What is the mode of Learning?

A. Offline

2. Do I require any material for the course?

A. No

3. After Registration when does my course begin?

A. Once the batch is formed with minimum number of enrollment.

4. Do I need to be from a specific background for the course?

A. No

5. Is there any age criteria?

A. No

6. Who is this course for?

A. Everyone who wears clothes

Circularity + Sustainability

Our tryst with complexity of responsible fashion.

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