The bundles turn out to be chic jersey tops with long bell sleeves, the labels on them those of a top American retailer of trendy casualwear. The women will take them home and carefully edge each neckline with a border of purple beads for Rs 25 per top. This is the best rate they've got for their work—the good offices of SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association) have helped eliminate a subcontractor or two. It's still a fraction of the value that 250 delicately sewn beads will add to a garment that may sell for $50 in San Francisco next spring.
But there are no dollar signs in Rajda's hazel eyes.