15% of chattra sales sitewide are being donated to help Bagru, India block printers impacted by Covid surge

our story

fabric creation

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creating chattra

chattra bolsters and cushions are thoughtfully designed in collaboration with master textile artisans of India. We're inspired by the culture, spiritual practices, art and architecture of yoga’s birthplace, and craft our small-batch collections in ethical workshops dedicated to preserving India’s textile heritage. 

We don’t rush the process. It can take months to design a single wood block, carve the motif, color swatch. Making our fabric is a meditative practice: hand-held blocks rhythmically and precisely print small sections, row by row, along lengths of canvas, sometimes requiring two passes for a single design. Our screen print fabric is created in small batches, using traditional time-intensive mesh and blade methods to transfer images to cloth. Embroidery designs are drafted on tracing paper then pin pricked for sample stitching. We add detail like illuminating orange bar tacking & piping, reinforce-stitched strap points, top-rated YKK zippers. Our tassels are hand-made by a women’s collective. In the US, we finish our zafus, neck cushions and yoga bolsters with top-quality buckwheat hull and cotton fill. 

While our focus is India, we are intrepid travelers and are inspired to partner with other artisans from around the world, like Peruvian textile co-operative Awamaki.


our journey

chattra founder Ann and her family lived and traveled in India for many years. Ann was taken by the beauty of India’s art and architecture, intrigued by the calm and chaos of its culture, moved by the devotion and spirit of its people and their traditions. She practiced a lot of amazing yoga and developed a passion for textiles. These passions combine in chattra to offer yoga and meditation practitioners purposeful beauty and inspiration for their sacred practice spaces.

Sanskrit for parasol, chattra symbolizes dignity and protection. In Buddhism, a chattra tops stupa monuments and often represents the Buddha. The playful and profound elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesha, remover of obstacles and Lord of Beginnings, often carries a chattra.

giving back

We appreciate the chance to partner with projects and people that give: chattra-crafted Traveling Heart Bags benefit sexual assault survivors and Harmabee Arts Prayer Flags are designed and stitched by Nepali survivors of human trafficking. During Covid we’ve made donations in support of food security including Haley House, a volunteer-run soup kitchen in Boston, and our friend Jeremy in Jaipur delivered food and water to families of the historic block print village of Bagru, Rajasthan.  For June pride month, we gave to The Matthew Shepard Foundation supporting lgbtq+ youth.  We also supported Yoga Dana Foundation’s efforts to offer yoga in prisons, juvenile centers, homeless shelters, people with disabilities.  In September, National Suicide Prevention Month, we collaborated with interior designer Amy Kartheiser on a pop-up collection benefiting her education and awareness non-profit Under the Same Sky. We'll keep at...we love helping organizations that help, especially community-based efforts.
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