Recently I was to attend a baby shower and I wanted to wear a simple saree and a simple but eye-catching and an inexpensive terracotta jewelry with it. I had nothing to go with the saree that I had and so decided to drag my friend along and go shopping in Bangalore as she knows the local places better than me.
When I told her what I wanted, she showed me some of the pieces that she had, that she had bought from Yashaswini Swavalambana Trust. This trust is for mentally and physically challenged students to give them vocational training so as to enable them to live with dignity and they are also taught how to make terracotta clay jewelry
I fell in love with some of the pieces and had to buy them off her right away. She promised to buy more stuff for me the next time she went there, so I can gift it to my relatives. I think it is a great idea to give as return gifts for birthdays and other functions too. It is really beautiful work and at the same time, the money goes for a good cause. Also, compared to outside prices it looks pretty inexpensive.
They also make other stuff like handmade chocolates, all kinds of bags and pouches, handmade candles, diyas, paintings and some eco-friendly products. Their website is http://www.ystindia.org/
Here are pictures of some of the Mayoora terracotta Jewellery that my friend had. They also make jewelry on order if you let them know well in advance. As of now, the online buying option is not available and they are working on it. But they do take orders and courier it with an extra cost for p&p.
The next time you want to buy gifts for a special occasion and that too in large numbers, please keep them in mind, with wonderful gifts as these that work out inexpensive for you and the money going to a good cause, it is a win-win situation for both!