“The highest education is
that which does not merely
give us information, but
makes our life in harmony
with all existence.”
Known for creating the extraordinary, Chanakya is inspired by timelessness and rarity. Our journey to showcase the age-old heritage of hand embroidery began in 1986 in Mumbai, India. At Chanakya, generations of art aficionados, preservers and advocates of this craftsmanship have worked toward a singular aim: to ensure that the magic of artisans lives forever.
Collaborating with global fashion houses to extensively research, design and produce high-fashion garments and accessories, we seamlessly combine their signature style with our artisan’s core, inherent and inborn talent.
Over the decades, Chanakya has been honed with the experience of made-in-Italy know-how, rapt attention to perfection and quality, and our own artistic sensibilities and craftsmanship. The current generation of this family-run enterprise has been brought up among the arts and has trained and worked extensively in Italy with Europe’s leading fashion houses.
In the year 2016, Chanakya established a foundation and a non-profit school of craft dedicated to craft, culture and women’s empowerment. Today, the school had educated 270 women giving them autonomy over their lives and their future.
At CSC, traditional craftmanship is reinterpreted in contemporary ways to acknowledge, respect and protect the social and environmental sustainability of our traditional cultural expressions. The school offers a robust one year program teaching the age old skill of hand embroidery from master artisans. The curriculum is divided into 2 semesters and culminates with an internship that offers experience in global luxury craft making.
An ever-growing group of over 270 women receive in-depth instruction from expert artisans in the ﬁeld. An immersive knowhow of master crafts covering over 300 techniques is taught while also covering modules on business acumen, basic finance and starting new ventures. The beneﬁt is twofold: ancient techniques and skills are revived while also being rejuvenated by the joy and ambition of those who have ﬁnally been empowered.
Women of all communities can now create their art safely, transforming not just their own lives but the lives of those around them.
Our empowered leaders continue to be torch bearers for their community long after their education is completed, thus making our impact sustainable for tomorrow.
At Chanakya School of Craft , we believe we are responsible for all our actions and inactions. Inspired by India’s innate nature of non-violence and universal compassion, the Sustain philosophy at Chanakya School of Craft is to simply integrate care and consciousness into everything we do. Sustainable development means to fulfil the present needs without compromising the needs of future generation.
The process of hand embroidery for generations has been one that is free of violence, pollution, carbon footprint and is one that catalyses internal harmonies. Sustainable fashion concerns more than addressing fashion textiles or products. It comprises addressing the whole system of fashion.
This means dealing with interdependent social, cultural, ecological systems. It also means considering fashion from the perspective of many stakeholders users and producers, all living species, contemporary and future generations of our planet.
At Chanakya School of Craft, we are deeply convinced of the idea that someone or something could be considered useless, is fundamentally violent and a lost occasion to discover limitless opportunities.
Small changes can have a big impact, and we believe that while we evolve towards a completely sustainable supply chain, every small change in mindset, every decision to live cleaner, moves us closer to a greener world.