Design Education for Traditional Indian Artists

$668 $21,332
Raised Remaining
Nov 5, 2013

Creating Livelihood in the Hills

Creating Charms
Creating Charms

In the quiet district of Ponta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh), a small village - Bata Mandi was jostling with excitement the week we conducted a workshop. 

Six women were chosen for training and they would be developed as a Self Help Group, SHRAM in the days to come. 

Supported by Farm Fresh Foods Pvt Limited, these women collected scrap cloth from the local market along with other craft necessities. 

During the four day workshop, they were taught how to make:

a) Tissue paper holders     b) Earphone cases c) Ipad Sleeves d) Cushion Covers e) Hair Accessories

f) Rugs g) Jewellery h) Games

While the women possessed basic skills, a lot was left to be practiced and developed further. 

As they made Tissue Paper Holders, Ipad Sleeves and Earphone cases, they learnt how to measure and cut cloth, and quilt the same in the process. 

As they learnt how to make Cushion Covers using the technique of Applique, basic color combination was taught to them so they could create interesting motifs. 

Some of their works were exhibited in New Delhi through several craft melas - the response has been overwhelming, and supportive. A lot of feedback too, has been collected for the women. 

While we'd like to acknowledge your support and say "Thank You", we'd also like to express the need for your support to source at least two sewing machines for the women! This would help them sew better, create better, and sell better. As these women become self-reliant, we walk with them in their journey with YOU, and remain grateful for the distance you've traveled with us! We hope that you'd continue to love and encourage our work! 

The End Results!
The End Results!
Marking, Cutting, Sewing : Teamwork!
Marking, Cutting, Sewing : Teamwork!

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Project Leader

Medhavi Gandhi

New Delhi, Delhi India

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