My name is Maisha Samiha, and I am the founder of Nokshi Crafts. My dream to infuse art and fashion led me to my journey that started early this year during my visit to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is internationally known as a powerhouse for manufacturing fashion. However, my exposure to both contemporary production environments versus hand-made production environments was an eye-opener. As a Bangladeshi born Canadian, my expedition to rural communities in Bangladesh has inspired me to provide the solution to a problem while achieving my dream. The potential of hand-made production is often overlooked due to the focus on fast fashion where unfair wages, adverse working conditions, environmental pollution, excessive use of water and creation of waste is often the consequence.
I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring and watching artisans create fine silk garments using centuries old techniques that are socially and environmentally sustainable. Through this journey, I was moved by the meticulous craftsmanship of these artisans in creating fine pieces of art. Having experienced this, my instinct was to empower these artisans to help them do what they do best, which would provide them with sustainable livelihoods, and showcase to the world that an alternative production environment that is socially and environmentally sustainable is within reach. As I started to connect the dots, Nokshi Crafts was born.