CONTIGO visits Vinayak (March 2017)

CONTIGO visits Vinayak (March 2017)


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Vinayak

Supply chain

Trading Partner: Vinayak, medium enterprise
Function: Producer
Structure: Own production plant
Tradeway: Direct import CONTIGO


Printed scarves made from certified organic cotton


Source: Google Earth

Source: Google Earth

Jodhpur, in the state of Rajasthan, India

Founded in 2010


  • 2010: Foundation of Vinayak Exports by Mahendra Prajat. Specialisation in the production of high-quality scarves, clothes and bags in cooperation with the father’s screen printing workshop
  • 2015: The company gets GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and ISO certified

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2016

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

33 employees (4 women and 29 men) in the tailor´s shop, administration and shipment

Organisation of workforce:

Production is split in three locations:

  • Two screen print workshops in Jodhpur:
    • Production step: textile printing with screen print technique in 3 print units
    • 50 permanent employees, in case of bigger orders commissioned work to other textile print workshops
    • Payment:Besuch2017
      • Piece wage per running metre (higher piece rate for complex work)
      • Fixed salary for qualified tasks (colour-master: blending of colours)
    • Facilities and equipment:
      • Washing, bleaching and dyeing facilities
      • Manual screen print at 40 metre long tables, (frameworks and scraper) for small volumes, sun drying on frames on the rooftop
      • Automatic screen print devices for textile quantities of more than 2,000m per design, hot air tunnel (for drying)
      • Wastewater treatment, sewer system is available
    • Origin of the materials:
      • Organic cotton from cooperatives in South India via a certified supplier
      • GOTS authorized colours and fixatives, natural thickener guar flour
  • One sewing workshop in Jodhpur: Production steps: product design, sewing, digital print, quality control, packaging, shipment and marketing
    • Owner: Mahendra Prajapat
    • Employees: 20 men, 6 women work in production and quality control, 6 employees for design and administration
    • Payment: fixed salary, sewers receive piece rate wages
    • Facilities: one-storey factory and office building, digital print, cutting, sewing
  • 3. location in Noida (ca. 600km northeast from Jodhpur)
    • Rented facility
    • Production steps: sewing, quality control, packaging
    • Ca. 10 employees
    • Payment: piece rate wages



  • 95% Export (France, Italy, Germany, USA)
  • 5% Home market


  • To preserve the future sustainability and competitiveness, therefor
    • Centralisation of all production steps
    • Purchase of a bigger property for the new building 

Special features

  • Environment: Vinayak is member of the „Jodhpur Pollution Niwaran Trusts“, the wastewater flows into the „Common Effluent Treatment Plant“, the sewer system leads to a processing plant

Why does CONTIGO work with Vinayak: The consequent focus on quality and design is impressive.


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, young business relationship


Fairtrade aspects

Vinayak complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV


Fair wages

  • Minimum wages in the state of Rajasthan: (INR = Indian Rupee)
    • Un-skilled worker: INR 5,382/month
    • Semi-skilled worker: INR 5,642/month
    • Skilled worker: INR 5902/month
  • Average wages at Vinayak:
    • Un-skilled worker: INR 8,000/month
    • Semi-skilled worker: INR 8,000 – 10,000/month
    • Skilled worker: 10,000 – 20,000/month
  • Depending on job and responsibility, the employees receive a fixed salary (supervision, quality control) or a performance related salary (piece rate)
  • Salary increment every year based on performance
  • Monthly transfer to bank accounts of the employees, cash payment or cheque
  • In case of overtime salary is doubled
  • Bonus payment for the Diwali-Festival


Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours /day (9:00am-6:00pm)
  • Breaks: 30 minutes for lunch, two tea breaks à 15 minutes
  • 6 days / week


Social benefits:

  • Paid holidays (10-14 days for the traditional Holi and Diwali-Festivals)
  • Continued payment of wages in case of illness or accidents
  • Payment of contributions to pension scheme PF (= Employees’ Provident Fund): employer and employee each pay  12% of the monthly gross wage
  • Payment of contributions to health insurance “Mediclaim”

Work safety:

  • All safety standards are met


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



  • Personal visits in Jodhpur (2017)
  • Certified by
    • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) since autumn 2015
    • ISO 9001:2008 since autumn 2015


Country information

Information about India



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Author: Janina Lange on 28. January 2021

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