We walked to Aranya Naturals from the Tea Museum in Munnar. Very pleasant walk amongst the tea plantations. We were welcomed by Victoria, an amazing lady who started the entire project in order to help the differently abled children of tea pluckers who would not be able to help on the plantations. She showed us around and explained the different processes used. Victoria is a mine of knowledge about textile and has travelled the world extensively to learn more about it. She now passes her knowledge to the people who work at Aranya. The products they make are beautiful and you can buy some in the little shop (no hard selling, no pressure at all). The working conditions were excellent, lots of light, lots of space, very clean and welcoming. There were two French students spending a few weeks learning about natural dyes. We were able to talk to them and they confirmed that this was an amazing place to work in and that Victoria is a very special lady.
We were also able to visit the paper making workshop next door, where they make all different types of paper with flowers, seeds, elephant poo etc.
We understand that the project also has a school and a bakery amongst other things.
If you visit one place in Munnar, make sure it is Aranya Naturals (follow the signs for "Shrishti" from the tea museum).
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