Lila Craft

Lila Craft

Lila Craft


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Lila Craft

Delhi to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Scarves made of silk, wool, and cotton


New-Delhi, India – distance to Europe: 6,000km

Founded in 2000


  • 2000: Lila Craft is founded by Lina (Petra Lienau), a German textile designer with business experiences for many years in India. Her main goal: to establish an own clothing collection by using natural materials only
  • From 2000 on: Exports to Germany and France
  • 2004: CONTIGO meets Lila Craft for the first time, constant cooperation
  • 2005: Lila Craft runs an own workshop for stitching and sewing with 8 employees, workshop is specialised in machine stitching and patch work
  • 2009: Workshop moves to Shahpur Jat, New-Delhi, centrally located with better infrastructure, close collaboration with textile producers in Noida and weaving companies in Amritsar, Himachal, Punjab, Badarpur
  • 2014: Re-organisation of work:
    • sampling, quality control, shipping at central office
    • sewing takes place at different external workshops in the outskirts
  • 2016: Reduction of the workshop, more business cooperations with different textile companies for scarf ranges and clothing
  • 2017: New Fairtrade customers from U.K. can be acquired, production focus on clothing and woollen blankets

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2004

Structure of the business


Office in Shahpur Jat:

Apartment with 2 offices for the following departments:
Administration, product sampling, tailoring of prototypes, few sewing tasks, labelling, packaging and shipping, office of CEO (Serge Peverelli)

Number of employees:

  • 2 full-time employees
    • Petra Lienau –design, product development, in contact with different production sites
    • Sultan Ansari – CEO assistant
    • Both receive fixed salary
  • On demand, depending on order situation:
    • Neeli – long-time employee for quality control, hand stitching and patch work, receives daily wage
    • Ali (called Masterjee) – master tailor, sample maker, receives a fixed salary (pre-agreed)
    • Two tailors for sewing product samples
    • Additional women from the neighbourhood


Production sites:

External textile companies:


  • Manufacturer: Indo States Export
  • Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Owner: Ravinder and Rekha Jain, son Gaurav
  • Founded in: 1992
  • Products: woven and knit, made of wool, home textiles, clothing made of organic cotton
  • Employees: 2 workshops with 50-100 employees in total
  • Social benefits:
    • Contributions to health insurance ESI (= Employee State Insurance), employer pays 4.75% and employee 1.75% of monthly gross wage
    • Contributions to pension fund PF (= Employees´ Pension Fund): employer and employee each pay  12% of the monthly gross wage
    • All regulations with regards to paid leave are fulfilled
  • Textiles come from companies in Amritsar and Ludhiana
  • Certified by: GOTS (Global Organic Texteile Standard)


  • Manufacturer: AMTEX
  • Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Owner: Mohit Gupta
  • Founded in: 2013
  • Products: bags, plaids, clothing, scarves made of silk (from Bihar)
  • Employees: 10-20 employees
  • Social benefits:
    • Contributions to health insurance ESI (= Employee State Insurance), employer pays 4.75% and employee 1.75% of monthly gross wage
    • Contributions to pension fund PF (= Employees´ Pension Fund): employer and employee each pay  12% of the monthly gross wage
    • All regulations with regards to paid leave are fulfilled
  • Certified by: BSCI


  • Exports (100%) to Germany, France and England


  • To continuously secure orders for the external companies
  • To support their own employees with regards to establish a self-employment
  • To preserve the manual processing of natural textiles

Special features

Lila Craft builds a perfect bridge between European customers on the one hand and the Indian manufacturers on the other hand. Lila Craft´s assets: long-time experiences with textile manufacturing techniques in India, excellent knowledge about materials, respectful cooperation with their manufacturing workshops, demands and trends from the customers in oversea.

Quote from Petra Lienau:

“Every member of our company is treated like family. Everyone has different areas of responsibility and is an important part of the company.”

Why does CONTIGO work with Lila Craft: a long-lasting partnership marked by trust and excellent cooperation has developed over the years. Lila Craft is very engaged and has an in-depth understanding of the textile sector.


Fairtrade classification

FTA= Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Lila Craft complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

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The small team consists of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.

Fair wages

  • Minimum wages in New-Delhi: INR (=Indian )
    • un-skilled workers: INR 13.350/month
    • skilled workers: INR 16.182/month
  • Average wage in the textile sector in the region: tailors earn between INR 12,000- 15,000/month
  • Salaries at Lila Craft:
    • Sultan, CEO assistant: INR 28,000/month, fixed salary
    • Ali (Masterjee), master tailor, INR 25,000- 28,000/month, salary is agreed, depending on order situation
    • Neeli, quality control: INR 500/day, works on daily rate basis, depending on order situation
  • Monthly payment in cash
  • Higher wages in case of overtime (125%)
  • Bonus payment if work is of particularly good quality (one monthly salary)
  • Festival bonus

Humane working conditions

Working hours:Lila Craft13

  • 8.5 hours/day (Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 6pm)
  • 4 breaks (1.5 hours, including lunch and tea breaks, lunch is provided)
  • 6 days/week
  • Muslims receive one hour additional break on Fridays to pray

Social benefits:

  • Medical and hospital bills are paid for employees and the family members
  • Paid holidays (1 month)

Educational opportunities:

  • Long-time employees are financially supported to establish a self-employment
    • Sultan was supported to open a clothing shop which he runs with his wife (Lila Craft helped with the business plan and trainings)
    • Neeli is trained to open her own sewing workshop


  • Payroll is available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • Personal visits in New-Delhi and Noida (2008, 2011, 2014, 2016)
  • Feedback interview during several visits in Germany


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: India


Visit of Lila Craft at the CONTIGO headquarters

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Visiting Lila Craft in Delhi:

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Author: Janina Lange on 15. January 2018

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