the initiator: Rieneke

“I care about independence, honesty, and freedom. This is why I also feel the need to learn every aspect of setting up a business abroad myself.  So far I love the responsibility for the complete supply chain from India to the Netherlands. 

Being a travel and textile junky and always dreaming of setting up my own textile company, I fell in love with the ancient tradition of hand block printing. This was during a half year trip in India driving on a motorbike from South to North. I decided this was my chance and stayed and found a beautiful community in Rajasthan.”

“I find cultural differences fascinating. India has a rich, and ancient culture that is hard to grasp for people from elsewhere, and the gap between rich and poor does not help. I can emphasise with people, but my policy is not to pity. In my opinion when you pity someone, you lose respect, and having respect for one another is extremely important to me.”