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LCA – Kolkata, India


In the heart of Kolkata is a large red light area. Women are forced into the ‘flesh trade’ not by choice but because of poverty.  After generations of this lifestyle the cycle is now broken.  The women are trained to make journals, memo-boxes, scarves, throw rugs and more!  As well as providing economic freedom, each product tells a story of a woman given dignity and self-worth, giving them a chance at a life they otherwise would not have had.

 All their products are not only fair trade, but also eco-friendly.  They upcycle beautiful saris (the garments worn by women in India) to make the scarves, throws, and to cover the journals and memo boxes, making each item unique!  They also hand make all the paper for the stationery products themselves, it is handmade from cotton rags and recycled woollen throw rugs, mixed with natural fibres, such as rice straw, jute, flowers or coloured cotton fibres to give a mottling effect.  The paper is made from recycled waste, and contains no wood-fibre, making it completely environmentally friendly.  After drying, the papers are dyed and cut into sheets, ready to be used in all sorts of applications imaginable.

From our customers

  • EPHAS offers fantastic customer service, postage is reasonable and quick and the products are simply beautiful. It is easy to promote such gorgeous pieces when they have a story behind them like EPHAS does, and my customers appreciate my sourcing products that are Fair Trade and align with their beliefs. (So not only are the products amazing, but they also sell well.) Wouldn't hesitate to recommend purchasing EPHAS products

    Mel, Owner, Surya Gift Shop
  • I have been thinking about your products a lot. They have struck a cord with me. The story cards were very useful and helped me to clearly understand what Starfish Project does and the important work they are doing. I am really glad to have met EPHAS - thank you for introducing me to your products and giving me the opportunity to support such a meaningful cause.

    Yumi Director, One Village Shop
  • I am always really excited with the new jewellery designs that we order in from EPHAS. The entire range has been very popular with our customers and ever since it landed at One Village, it has been flying out of the shop! We have now increased our range of Starfish Project jewellery to keep up with the demands of our customers. We feel very fortunate to share in the journey with EPHAS to create a brighter future for the women who are behind the beautiful jewellery. Thank you for always providing us with excellent customer care.

    Yumi Director, One Village Shop