Sunita, a mother of two, has witnessed a heart-wrenching phase in her life when she found herself helpless when her husband passed away. Survival with two kids in a fast-paced city was never going to be a cakewalk for her. Being the only one to earn in her family of three, Sunita found a glimmer of hope when she got an opportunity to work in the manufacturing unit of Ikkatdoor for handwork viz. stitching and checking. Sooner did she realize that the long hours she is putting in was bearing sweet fruits for her kids and for herself as well. After investing a few years of hard work in the cordial environment of the unit where many other women keep on the hustling day in day out with Sunita, she is now a known personality. She grew leaps and bounds as an individual and turned out to be a strong lady who was now completely capable of providing education and a basic healthy lifestyle to her children.
Of late, with Ikkatdoor being shifted to the digital platform, the workload and the responsibility also doubled up and so does the joy and excitement of Sunita as now she could earn even more. The sense of empowerment that Ikkatdoor rubbed onto her was of immense importance considering the fact that she was both the mother as well as the father to her kids.
As we know there’s always a sunrise after the dawn, it’s only you who has to be the fittest to survive sailing on the waves of uncertainty and Sunita did it with sheer pride and determination holding the hands of Ikkatdoor.
Chanchal, aged 45, who takes up the job of filling up zari designs and handprint, has been doing it quite well from last ten years in our unit, working around the clock and has developed a bond with Ikkatdoor which she never wants to let go off. She feels empowered with the sense of financial security and stability. She is now all capable of shouldering the responsibilities of her family and the education of her children who are all about-to-be graduates.
Henceforth, working hard and standing up on her own has its own ramifications i.e., Ikkatdoor, not only provides the sense of women empowerment but also makes the person grow as a strong individual mentally and eventually helps in imparting education as well. So, Ikkatdoor is not just about the business and profit but it’s also about the human values imbibed deep in it.
Likewise; Kiran, Madhu Rani, Pushpa, Rajni, Sanju lata, there are many more notable instances in our unit that are the building blocks of our manufacturing unit which professes the idea of women empowerment that Ikkatdoor is proud of.
The cornerstones, as we had discussed in our blog, which meant the artisans and craftsmen who carry out those skilful tasks of block printing, screen printing, hand printing, are the linchpins that our organization revolves around. Ikkatdoor is one of those end results that we were striving for last ten years. It’s not a new entity rather it’s the product of years and years of hard work which we have constantly put in day in day out. It’s just has assumed a new identity to access far-reaching places on a digital platform and it is the need of the hour to go for this paradigm shift. Kashi, a block printer; Vijay, a screen printer and many others are the ones who have been putting in their glistening efforts from last 7-8 years working for long hours in this manufacturing unit deeply rooted in Benaras. We, Ikkatdoor, as a family take care of, not just the customers but also of these industrious artisans and craftsmen. We acknowledge and appreciate their constant endeavours by all means whether it be verbally or financially. That is why they are always on top of their work for this organization to succeed and excel even more in years to come. We are, as a family, highly committed to providing something new and of premium quality to our customers at reasonable and genuine prices. The final product that we can see in here is the culmination of constant efforts from bottom to the top tier of the organization, getting through several processes and eventually reaching out to you.
“In the bylanes of the industrial area in Benares, the manufacturing unit of Ikkatdoor is firmly embedded in its culture, having the persistent influence of the textile legacy that this creative and divine city of Kashi possesses.
Almost all the hustle & bustle surrounding this area leads you directly to round the clock working factories. One of those factories is Ikkatdoor’s, churning out women’s clothing products day in day out. As soon as you enter the premises, you can sniff in the peculiar fragrance of dye, and colors.”
- Moving inside we can see the raw material stacking up in bundles or rolls one over another consisting of lengths of white cloths in huge numbers of variety of fabrics viz., cotton, linen, supernet, matka silk, tussar silk, chanderi silk, munga silk, khadi silk and many more purchased from recognized handloom houses. Afterwards, all the bundles are checked up thoroughly one by one and moved ahead into the process of degumming for removing the silicon layer coated on the raw fabric so as to make it completely raw and natural for further processing according to a specific “program” or “client’s order”.
- Thereafter, those fabrics are dyed in different tone of colors as per the order requirements and then laid & steamrolled on waxed platform for screen printing, hand printing and block printing for which we have large varieties of screen and traditional motifs in the form of cultural designs viz., ‘Baarat’ (wedding progression), Peacock Motifs, Traditional birds and many more.
- Once we are done with the printing process, the printed fabrics are moved ahead into the steam drier for the process of color fixation which plays a very crucial role in determining the color quality of final products.
- Thereafter, comes the process of washing that is executed diligently in large containers of natural water only after checking its required PH value. Then we add some essential chemicals viz., Fabric softener, Dye Fix etc so that the dried fabrics are washed proficiently and the additional or temporary colors are drained away completely leaving no question of color pigmentation or color leakage when final customer washes the same after using.
- Afterwards, we step onto the process of finishing, where the washed fabrics are dried in open air under proper supervision and then they go for calendar polishing and/or ironing as per the client’s requirement. Then, the final products are rechecked again and folded by workmen synced in rhythmic coordination leading to an efficient packaging in a well prepared plastic wrapper and then dispatched accordingly.
Henceforth, after completing so many stages of manufacturing processes and spending so many hours of day in day out rigorous work schedules, we feel extremely satisfied with what we achieve as the final product of supreme quality. As we always say, it’s not the outcome of working for one casual day by few recognized people, rather it’s a magnificent result of proper coordination and cooperation of workers working in tandem round the clock. The credit goes to the talent and hard work of the family of Ikkatdoor not just to few individuals.
It all started in mid 2017 right from the scratch, when we all huddled together and weaved a dream of taking this bandwagon called “Ikkatdoor” to new heights with our persistent efforts.
We as a team of “Ikkatdoor” left no stone unturned to stand against all the odds and find our feet well-grounded in this era of cut throat competition.
Amidst the chaos and hustle- bustle of digital world, “Ikkatdoor” silently crept into the corners of e-commerce in digital arena without any unnecessary glitz and buzz and made a prominent reckoning of it’s brand value in national as well as international market both. Although, the growth is in initial stages but the way ikkatdoor has added value to it’s identity, especially on national basis amid all the competition, from being a completely unknown entity to reaching the doors of households and fostering the shield of large customer base with full customer satisfaction is indeed a great and unbelievable achievement.
Just over a short span of 5 months, ikkatdoor catered to the needs of variety of customers living in far reaching distances from all over the country and connected them to it’s carefully nurtured network of women’s clothing. Not only this, we also provided our services to some international clients and ended up selling almost no.of pcs to all the customers in just over 3months of proper trade functioning. That itself marks the milestone which ikkatdoor reached rather cruised past successfully.
The brand and product value, the authenticity, the artistic value, the flair of well-rooted handmade legacy, the affordable quality fine tuned with the latest trends and designs as per the need of the hour, are the factors which made Ikkatdoor quite a familiar name in the households. These are the features that ikkatdoor boasts off and holds the pride in.
“Now, as we zoomed past the year 2017 and has entered into the dawn of 2018, we promise to keep continuing to strive hard with our relentless and resolute efforts paired up with our next-level creativity to pander your needs and match up your expectations, thereby making Ikkatdoor even a bigger and well-known brand on a global level.”
Henceforth, the first glimpse of a brand new season with some exotic new collection in this new year with our rejuvenated efforts will be out very soon. So, stay tuned with us and make this bonding even a stronger and healthier one, forging a better camaraderie than ever before.
“Wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2018”
We not only specialize In the genre of women’s clothing rather we staunchly believe and propagate the idea that the present times belong to the unbridled and magnetic vibes of women. We are highly adamant and inclined towards weeding out the general notion that women are susceptible to society’s common norms.
Ikkatdoor is still in its nurturing phase but we assure you its roots are immensely mature.
It sustains the aroma of Benares which itself symbolizes sheer Indian craft, traditions, culture and add huge antique value. Benares represents authenticity with timeless grandeur. It is known for its preserved artistic value and cultural heritage that we are trying to showcase in our priceless collections. The handloom of Benares is the mark of a dying art that we can’t afford to forego. Henceforth, we are putting up a grand effort to synchronize oyr products with the essence and flavour of this eternal city. From last one decade, we have been on a working spree and are constantly evolving on a wider scale catering to our niche customers from middle class to affluent sections of the society and inculcating our artistic values, reaching new heights.