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Incredible MeghaDream girls showing the way… The fact that the MeghaDream girls come from a remote place somewhere in northeast India already sounds exotic.“Meghalaya”, the abode of clouds and the wettest place on earth. More surprisingly, it is also one of the few places in the world that has a “matriarchal system”, where women own land and property (usually the youngest daughter) – and men move out of their home after marriage. It sounds so incredibly unusual and exemplar in India! We could not miss the opportunity to start the Yes OUI Care’s mag with this beautiful true story of 2 amazing sisters, Kriya & Leony.

We are pleased to share their story with you. We completely support their community called Khasis and their matriarchal syste Read More

Megha Dream

For the love of their land, its bounties and its unique culture- the two sisters  started a green design collective called “MeghaDream”. It embodies everything natural and handmade in Meghalaya. It’s a collective project of two individuals who merged their skills, one a designer the Read More

Incredible MeghaDream girls showing the way… The fact that the MeghaDream g

Incredible MeghaDream girls showing the way… The fact that the MeghaDream girls come from a remote place somewhere in northeast India already sounds exotic.“Meghalaya”, the abode of clouds and the wettest place on earth. More surprisingly, it is also one of the few places in the world that has a “matriarchal system”, where women own land and property (usually the youngest daughter) – and men move out of their home after marriage. It sounds so incredibly unusual and exemplar in India! We could not miss the opportunity to start the Yes OUI Care’s mag with this beautiful true story of 2 amazing sisters, Kriya & Leony.

We are pleased to share their story with you. We completely support their community called Khasis and their matriarchal system, because in a country like India where women are rarely treated with respect, theirs is the extreme opposite where all power and wealth is with the women, making them the leader of the family. Kriya says “For an Indian woman, I’m glad to be khasi and I don’t think you can blame me for it.” Both sisters were fortunate to have been raised in a family where men and women are treated equal. From their childhood they have seen both their parents taking joint responsibility of their upbringing and education.

Houseworks were not only reserved to their mother but also their father used to help a lot. All major decisions in the house were always taken jointly. Their parents themselves were socially mixed with other communities and their friends were a mix of people from different cultures. And for sure it definitely helped the 2 sisters in understanding the uniqueness of their own culture, but also the need to mix with everyone in society. Kriya says “Taking this as an example I can probably say that the khasi matriarchal system is now changing and is being tweaked and adjusted as per family’s values and traditions. In the end its not about who leads, its about mutual respect for one another.”

For the love of their land, its bounties and its unique culture- the two sisters  started a green design collective called “MeghaDream”. It embodies everything natural and handmade in Meghalaya. It’s a collective project of two individuals who merged their skills, one a designer the other a chef- both of them pooling in their talents in design and food, to approach every material naturally and to use it effectively in designing their products. Currently they have two brands- Baá (bamboo) - the wonder material and Oh!Gourd – the natural sponge commonly known as loofah.

Baá “ endeavors to make the usage of bamboo more visible for household products that could replace plastic thus giving the market more natural options for their lifestyle needs. Baá works with the bamboo culm itself to create all its products and does not use any factory-processed bamboo. All products are handmade in Meghalaya, naturally treated and finished with mineral oil. 

Oh!Gourd products are handmade using the “natural sponge gourd” commonly known as “loofah”. The kitchen converts into a design workshop to create products that are both eco-friendly in material and process. The products were created with an aim of inventing a new application of loofah in product design. Taking a body scrub material and using its soaking properties to create coasters, and using its complex mesh properties to create lamps and beautiful lightening. Oh!Gourd continues its eco design explorations in the kitchen using magic ingredients, most of which exist in your very own kitchen.

At MeghaDream, they engage the local community, thereby creating employment opportunities. Five local artisans live and work with them and the two sisters also outsource the handloom work from various villages in Meghalaya. Their project is part-funded by the Khadi and Village Industries Commissions, which continue to support them with material research and development. Their plan for the coming years is to engage a huge section of the village community in reviving local craft that has almost disappeared and look at alternative ways of using local materials and human resource to create products that have a place in contemporary homes.

A big thanks to the MeghaDream girls and let the dream comes true!

To check out their work, visit their pages:

www.facebook.com/MeghaDream

www.facebook.com/OhGourd