Ganesha

Ganesha Leaf plates are used widely in India for festivals and weddings. Women are the main collectors of leaves and later they sit together in their smoothed mud yards to stitch the leaves into rounds with little sticks. They can be stitched further by machine and are then put out in the sun to dry. Each plate is made by pressing 2 rounds of leaves together in a machine; this work is done mainly by men. Ganesha buy the plates from the fair trade organisations, ORUPA (Orissa Rural + Urban Producers' Association) and SASHA (Sarba Santhi Ayog).

www.ganesha.co.uk/