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The artisans: Ansari Khatoon

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Ansari Khatoon, 22, lives in Calcutta, India. She became a member of Ankur Kala, a women's handicraft co-operative, when she was 16. Through the co-op, she learned to read and write. She also refined her batik-making skills and found a market for her work.

Batik is a method of coloring cloth that uses wax and dye to create intricate designs. When representatives of the Mennonite Central Committee visited Calcutta recently, Khatoon told them she enjoys working through the co-op.