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Press release: Resham Sutra from India Named among three Grand Prize Winners in Global Competition for Social Impact Hardware

Innovations in Solar Power based Silk Reeling machines win share of $500,000 and Technical Support at ASME ISHOW

New Delhi, June 20, 2019 – Unnati machine by Resham Sutra has been named by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) among the regional grand prize winners of the prestigious 2019 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW).

Unnati is the world’s first solar powered machine for reeling Tassar silk yarn, which grows in the forested areas of East India. Unnati is used to produce high quality silk yarn by rural users that can replace imported yarn in silk fabrics. It increases efficiency and improves quality of life, especially for rural women who are primarily responsible for this work. The machine has gained popularity with silk producers in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the country in Jharkhad, Odisha and Assam.

•  Picture 1: From left to right – Madhukar Sharma (ASME India), Kiran Malali (Central Silk Board) and Ratan Vaid (Resham Sutra), Ajay Muttreja (Tecnova, retired), and James Creel (ASME).

•  Picture 2: Team Resham Sutra demonstrates how their Unnati Solar Silk Reeling Machine operates to ISHOW Judges.

The ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) is a global competition for hardware-led social innovations that helps innovators take products to market that will have a social impact. Regional competitions are held in India, Africa and the USA. Three regional winners of each receive product exposure, advice and technical insightsand a share of $500k in prizes – including an extensive design and engineering review by a panel of experts.

“The extraordinary solutions put forward by today’s winners will undoubtedly allow us collectively to do more, and do better,” said Said Jahanmir, president of ASME. “Their display of creativity and ingenuity fully captures the spirit of ASME’s ISHOW and exemplifies engineering problem-solving that improves lives.”

“ASME congratulates and thanks all our winners and finalists for serving as catalysts of progress and social good,” noted Jahanmir. “By constantly seeking to innovate and disrupt the status quo, they are making a measurable difference for people around the world today and for generations to come.”

About Resham Sutra

Resham Sutra is a social startup focused on enabling rural livelihoods using renewable energy. It has innovated a number of machines for rural textile production and other industries. Founded in 2015, it leverages vast experience of the founders in different aspects of setting up complete textile value chain and in product innovation to create appropriate technology for rural livelihood activities. Resham Sutra is also setting up integrated projects from farm to fabric to in the villages of Jharkhand and Uttarakhand to utilize local resources and generate maximum employment. For mor information visit,


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