Sustainability has profoundly inspired Radhesh during his journey in the handicraft field. Witnessing people’s pursuit of sustainable products without fully understanding their true nature has motivated him to create innovative solutions for a better, greener, and more sustainable future.
In 2006, Radhesh’s design journey began in the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Mohali in his undergraduate degree. After completing his studies in textile designing, he joined Balaji Overseas as a textile designer. However, his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue further studies, so a year later, he enrolled in the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD) in Jaipur for his postgraduate studies.
During his time at IICD, he worked on a project that involved transforming waste into utility products. This sparked his interest, and for the next eight years, he dedicated his research to the field of textiles. After graduating from IICD as a Textile Designer, he joined Trifed, a government organization focused on promoting tribal crafts in India. In his role, he provided craft training to 2,000 tribal women and later became a Member and Head of the purchase committee within the organization.
While at Trifed, he continued his research, and it was during this time that he invented the world’s sixth natural woollen fibre by up cycling Chicken Butchery Waste. In 2019, he registered his own company named Mudita and Radhesh Private Limited.
To combat the BC Waste and environmental impact, his company, Mudita & Radhesh Pvt. Ltd., a social entrepreneurial venture, has introduced the innovative sixth natural woollen fibre by upcycling butchery chicken waste. This innovative fibre is ten times warmer, softer, and more durable than other existing natural and manmade fibres. To address this issue, the organization focuses on the collection of BCW from local slaughterhouses and chicken markets. We have developed a patent-protected, eco-friendly process to sanitize this waste effectively. The organization collects this waste and employs various methods to convert it into valuable products, such as pulp, yarn, fabric, paper, bio-diesel, fertilizer, and even blood balls. Within the 350 grams of Butchery Chicken Waste, we utilize 50 grams for feathers, 70 grams for inner cells, 50 grams for blood, and 180 grams for skin and fat, ensuring a zero-waste approach to the utilization of chicken waste.
His work and dedication to sustainable design have been recognized and awarded over the years.
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD [Gold] for Golden Feathers (GDA 2021-32386) in the Category Excellent Product Design – Lifestyle & Fashion (2020- 2021).
10th AEGIS GRAHAM BELL AWARD for innovation in clean tech (2020).
9th CII DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD [Design for Social Impact & Sustainability] 2019.
9th CII DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD for the overall Category of Industrial Design (2019).
IICD KRIPAL SINGH SHEKHAWAT AWARD (2021).
FUTURE DESIGN AWARD 2021 [lifestyle Category].
SWACHHATA STARTUP CHALLENGE .
10th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL INNOVATION [Tribal Category].
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 [Jury’s Special Mention].
‘RADHESH AGRAHARI’: Being environmentally conscious has always been an integral part of who I am. My vision revolves around bringing about a life transformation and generating livelihood opportunities for tribal women in underprivileged areas through sustainable development, all while working towards creating a pollution-free environment. Looking ahead, my ultimate goal is to establish a craft village for tribal artisans where they can utilize their traditional craft skills in spinning, weaving, and dyeing. A craft village for all of us, where one can learn, explore, enjoy, buy, live and what not. I also aim to provide training in these crafts to the next generation, ensuring a sustainable and eco-friendly future.