Rangsutra x C&A Collection
Rangsutra x C&A Collection
Stronger Together. Supporting women. Supporting artisans.
Exploring new ways to support social suppliers
Exploring new ways to support social suppliers

Doing good is and always has been at the core of C&A’s purpose. We aim to contribute to a better world by supporting good causes, while doing what is right – not only in our own operations but also in our supply chain. That is why we are exploring new ways of supporting social suppliers – like Rangsutra – to scale their production and in this way increase their impact to improve livelihoods for people in disadvantaged situations.

Rangsutra: A social enterprise in India for gender equity
As most garment workers are women, we aim to support equal rights along the supply chain. That is why we decided to partner with a social supplier who focuses on women’s empowerment: Rangsutra is owned by artisans in India, most of them women. Their goal is to create opportunities for inclusive growth and acting as a bridge to international markets.

We decided to partner with Rangsutra by offering a unique Rangsutra x C&A collection of high-quality hand-embroidered pieces to our customers in-store and online to support Rangsutra in their vision of positively impacting Indian communities.

Rangsutra empowers artisans in rural areas in India by providing them with the skills and the network to offer unique hand-embroidered garments to customers across the globe. The artisan shareholders are producers as well as decision-makers who participate actively in the supply chain. Thus, building on their traditional heritage and skills, Rangsutra allows the 2,000 artisans – 80% of them women –to thrive and improve livelihoods for them.
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Rangsutra empowers artisans in rural areas in India by providing them with the skills and the network to offer unique hand-embroidered garments to customers across the globe. The artisan shareholders are producers as well as decision-makers who participate actively in the supply chain. Thus, building on their traditional heritage and skills, Rangsutra allows the 2,000 artisans – 80% of them women –to thrive and improve livelihoods for them. According to Rangsutra, the social supplier supports a fair production process, meaning:

  • Equitable opportunities for women artisans

  • Fair wage payment

  • Flexible working hours

  • Knowledge-sharing and training

We are proud to partner with Rangsutra to help them scale their business while giving customers across Europe the unique opportunity to get to know the rich tradition of Indian craftmanship.

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Rangsutra x C&A collection: Because it matters what you wear
Rangsutra x C&A collection

Because it matters what you wear
Together with Rangsutra we developed a contemporary and qualitative collection of exclusive embroidered-by-hand pieces celebrating the traditional Indian craftmanship. The Rangsutra x C&A collection is made up of unique pieces that have been embroidered by artisans from rural India combining traditional techniques with contemporary design. Each and every piece showcases India’s rich craft heritage with handmade embroidery.

The limited collection includes beautiful garments and accessories. It will be available in 50 selected stores across Europe, as well as online, from May 2024.

Meet Rangsutra team members
Sumita Ghose, Founder Rangsutra

"What is the meaning of 'Rangsutra'? The simple meaning is: Rang is Colour and Sutra is Thread. But there is also a deeper meaning where Sutra means your own principles and Rang is your passion to do something.

Our mission is to ensure regular work, with fair wages, good working conditions for our artisans. We stuck on that mission since the beginning, now I have the feeling that we are in the stage that we have understood the supply chain, the market, experience working with buyers who have appreciated our social mission so I think we can expand our work more.

Loads of the artisans have basic skills or they even do not have them, we identify some artisans with leadership skills, and we train them to become craft managers so they can help in their own communities and supervise their work. We have now about 50 craft managers, who are skilled and educated to understand quality.”

Sumita Ghose, Founder Rangsutra

Krithika Acharya, Key Account Manager for C&A Business

“I have a design degree and I have started my career in Rangsutra when I was 21-year-old. I visited the villages by then and I felt that it was my raison d'être; I wanted to help these women and my aim is to get regular work for them.

I want to share one inspiring story I have from these women. I asked them: What has changed in these 10 years we are working together? And they said that now they don’t have to ask for money, they earn their own money. And they can invest in clothes, children’s education; sometimes they spend some money in themselves buying jewelry. They happily say: ‘We are now independent.’ Listening to these stories is what makes me happier and fulfills myself, as this is our aim with those women.”

Krithika Acharya, Key Account Manager for C&A Business

Mandira Luthra, Team Leader Exports

“I have been part of Rangsutra for the last 11 years. What inspires me most about the artisans we work with is their courage and resilience to go on and on. They have been a good life teacher that I learned from. Because we are taking so many things as granted every day in our lives and they make me appreciate and value all those little things.

There is one story I would like to share about one of the artisans who is working with us since the very beginning. I asked her what she did with her earnings, and she said that the first thing was to educate 5 kids, 2 are her own kids and the other 3 from her sister and brother-in-law. Afterwards she invested in doors! She told me ‘I have a house but none of the rooms have doors.’ We are taking for given our privacy and the privacy that everyone deserves, we do not even think about it. But for her, that was a need. And last time I met her she said: ‘Do you know Mandira? I have given always to everyone, now it is time for me’ and she bought a beautiful necklace.”

Mandira Luthra, Team Leader Exports

Samu Bai is the Craft Manager of Village Center C in village 2AD.

Now it’s usual for women, young and old to step out on their own. They don’t need to ask for anyone’s permission, nor does anyone question them now. Women feel a sense of freedom. And talking about the women’s inclusion in decision making at home, we are now consulted before decisions are made.

I love to work in the centers because we have understood the importance of maintaining quality for getting regular work. And it’s the best way to track work and avoid mistakes. The women help each other in getting the color and design right for each product, they skill each other, they support each other, they share their joys, their sorrows, and experiences with each other.

Now, I earn more than ten times of what I first earned and there is also a regularity in the earnings. I save a little, buy clothes for myself and my family, contribute to my grandchildren’s education, spend on household items, and save some for emergencies.”

Samu Bai is the Craft Manager of Village Center C in village 2AD. She has taught many around her the skill of embroidery.

“My mother and grandmother introduced me to the embroidery. I started gaining interest after school when I practiced with the women in the center till I mastered the craft. During pandemic, I was one of the first artisans to start sampling with designers’ long distance through video and phone calls and I eased out the sampling process.”

Priyanka is the Crafts Manager of Center B in village 2AD. She manages 23 artisans, and she became a Craft Manager in 2020 during the COVID pandemic.