Banka, in Awadhi, means a bully or brave. Others derive the name from ban, meaning wood or jungle, and interpret Barabanki as the twelve shares of jungle. With this interesting history in mind, Barabanki district has been given the unique name of Baank-e-Loom..
Barabanki, also known as the ‘Entrance to Poorvancha’, is 29 kilometres from Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh. Saidanpur is a village in Barabanki district is located at a distance of 55 kilometres, east of Lucknow — the closest major city. There is a total population of about 8,000 people, including 5,000 voters, in this village. Among these, 200 are weaver families. From making gamchas and stoles to stitching clothes and zari embroidery, the village is a rich artisan cluster with poor wages. Over the years, the design and colour combinations have changed but they haven’t been able to improve the market price per mostly because of competition from the power looms in the region.
Our vision is to protect the interest of weavers and protect handloom in the region in the current scenario of mechanization. Weavers of Saidanpur have been involved with weaving in the last five generations. They believe that handloom brings them income and is the only skill that they have known. We aspire to bring the complex craft of weaving and skill of the weavers in the mainstream market by developing entrepreneurial spirit among them.