Anchal (on-chal) is an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise that uses design thinking to create innovative textile products and sustainable employment for exploited women worldwide.

With backgrounds in design, sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines lead the brand by placing design at the center of Anchal’s everyday practice. Colleen earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2010. During Colleen’s time in graduate school, she was inspired to start Anchal with three classmates after traveling to India and learning about the extreme oppression women faced as commercial sex workers and the economic opportunity presented by the region’s rich textiles.