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Prizes: What is in it for you?


  • Cash prize: USD 2,000 to USD 1,000 for 1st and 2nd runner up in 2 main categories 1) Textiles, scarves and shawls  2) Accessories - jewelry, bags and hats
  • Design consultancy with Saloni Shrestha, Founder and Design Head of AGAATI plus another industry designer
  • The winners will be the first cohort of artisans partners for long-term collaborations. This is optional and left to the artisan to decide.
  • Plus all the below 


  • Free exposure to a niche international client group through feature stories in our newsletter (1 story per finalist) 
  • 1 blog featuring each finalists and their product


  • Free listing & commission-free sales of your products at agaati.com for 6 months
  • Free marketing of your product entries on our social media platforms for 6 months

      All Applicants

      Training and learning resources 

      • ALL APPLICANTS directly engaged in the hand production will receive complimentary access to Nest Guild - tools and mentorship aimed at helping you to grow and develop your business while achieving social objectives within your community.
      • DIY photo tutorial by Aid to Artisans 

        Selection Criteria: What are we looking for?

        The Judges will select the winners based on the following criteria:

        • Design & Aesthetics (35%)
        • Technique & Materials (35%)
        • Craftsmanship, Quality & Finish (30%)

        Awards Ceremony: How will we celebrate?

        We will not let the COVID 19 crisis stop us from celebrating! All applicants will be invited to a ZOOM Awards Ceremony along with a web conference where we will make sure you get to meet and learn from each other.