Tilonia - Artisans of India

More than 1000 rural artisans earn a living from the production of Tilonia® and Avani handcrafted products.

Managing an Online Enterprise

Since 2003, in partnership with the US-based, Friends of Tilonia, Inc., the Barefoot College has operated this online enterprise for the sale and marketing of the Tilonia® product line of handcrafted, artisan- produced home textiles, womenʼs accessories and gifts.

Artisans earn supplemental income through sewing, needlework, embroidery, tie-dying, block printing and weaving. Designs and production methods draw on Indian craft traditions that are centuries old – but create modern opportunities for these rural women.

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Friends of Tilonia represents:

Colectivo 1050º
El Camino de Los Altos
Flor de Xochistlahuaca
Studio Xaquixe
Tilonia® Home Collection
Women Weave

The Barefoot College

The Barefoot College

Tilonia, a small village in Rajasthan, India is the home of the Barefoot College. Since 1972, the College has worked to improve the lives of the rural poor by addressing basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income. Today, women from more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have been trained by the College to solar electrify their own communities.

Tilonia® Solar Bag

Tilonia® Solar Bag

Designed by DH Studio, the Solar block print is inspired by the inspired by the solar panels used to generate solar power.

Installing solar powered lighting systems reduces the use of kerosene and other fossil fuels, improving a family’s health and reducing environmental damage. Women trained by the Barefoot College install and maintain these solar systems.

$10 from every sale of the TILONIA® Solar Bag helps women trained by the Barefoot College to solar electrify their own rural communities in more than 60 countries around the world.

The Tilonia® Solar Bag has pockets galore, making this soft-sided, quilted duffel bag great for weekend getaways. A pocket on each end, an open pocket on the side, and one more pocket on the inside give you lots of places to stash small items securely.

100% quilted block print cotton with polyfiber batting.
Bag measures 20" x 10" x 10"
AZO free dyes.

Gentle wash in cold water with color-safe laundry soap to preserve color.

Price: $79.95Sale price: $59.95


Friends of Tilonia

Tilonia® is a mission-driven enterprise building the business capacity and entrepreneurial skills of artisan enterprises in rural India. It is a joint initiative of the Barefoot College and Friends of Tilonia, Inc.

Friends of Tilonia, Inc. is a US non-profit organization which helps to support the rural development programs of the Barefoot College and its charitable affiliates.

Help create economic opportunities for women and girls in rural India.

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