The last 6 months have been unprecedent for our project and for the entire planet. Mumbai, where we are based, is one of the most impacted city in the World by COVID-19.
Since March 23rd, when the first lockdown was announced, all the embroidery training activities have been suspended and we could only work from home on finalising the embroidery online training program based on Udemy.com. Unfortunately we are still unable to predict when we will be able to restart our embroidery activities considering that the emergency in Mumbai is far from being over.
The good news is that the final testing is now complete and the course is available online.
Divided into two parts the course is called ‘NOW I CAN: Hand embroidery training part 1’ and ‘NOW I CAN: Hand embroidery training part 2’. This program consists of video tutorials that cover the theoretical and practical aspects of embroidery, quizzes designed to make the videos more interactive, teaching notes, samplers and final test paper. All of which has been uploaded online in an arrangement following the syllabus. This syllabus was finalized and updated after observing the ongoing embroidery training program. The two parts of the online course are also divided into zardozi and aari techniques.
Jun 14, 2020
By Stefano Funari - Project Leader
Since the inception of the training program in January, the students have fruitfully grasped the intricate technique of the zardozi embroidery. The training program which is divided into two parts, ‘Part 1’ being learning zardozi technique and ‘Part 2’ is learning aari technique. After learning about the basics of embroidery and zardozi techniques, the students have proceeded to work on more elaborate motifs. Practicing embroidery on samplers, designed as per the syllabus.
These samplers consist of basic stitches, decorative stitches and various application techniques of zardozi. Every student was given an individual A3 sampler to work on. Prior to the lockdown the class has managed to complete all of the 5 samplers that were dedicated to zardozi. Unfortunately, we couldn’t start the part 2 aari training because of the sudden Covid-19 outbreak. During the 9th week of our training as a precaution to Covid, we decided to shut down our activities at the workshop and halt the program on 20th March, this was soon followed by a nationwide lockdown on 25th March.
We have also successfully uploaded our course on the online platform Udemy.com. Divided into two parts the program is called ‘NOW I CAN: Hand embroidery training part 1’ and ‘NOW I CAN: Hand embroidery training part 2’. This program consists of video tutorials that cover the theoretical and practical aspects of embroidery, quizzes designed to make the videos more interactive, teaching notes, samplers and final test paper. All of which has been uploaded online in an arrangement following the syllabus. This syllabus was finalized and updated after observing the ongoing embroidery training program. The two parts of the online course are also divided into zardozi and aari techniques. We are at the last stage of our final testing of the uploaded online program. After which it would be ready to be made available to any potential user.
Screenshot of the training video
Feb 18, 2020
By Stefano Funari - Project Leader
New embroidery training class
After over six months of preparation, we are about to launch our embroidery training programme on the learning platform udemy.com. It consists of 19 educational videos with quizzes, teaching content and practice samplers to go with each lesson. We have chosen Udemy as the platform as it will allow the programme to be freely available to those who subscribe to our usage code of conduct and accept to use the course only for non-commercial and socially inclusive purposes.
The educational programme will allow the Embroidery Project to create a much further impact as through the platform we will be able to reach out to hundreds of more artisans to help them learn embroidery as a vocational skill. Udemy will also be an easy and effective way to interact with our current partners for their new embroidery training batches.
The curricular of the training programme is a background and foundation explanation to embroidery. This will include both aari and zardozi techniques as well as the essentials such as frame set up and design placement. A professional karigar/embroider will need to give practical advice and training throughout the programme in order for the outcome of the course to reach its full potential.
In January a new training supervisor joined the team to help train a new embroidery batch of 8 women on the beta version of the online programme. So far, they have had classes on the history of embroidery, how to set up the frame, tools and how to stitch 11 of the key zardozi techniques. They have started to practice on the NOW I CAN samplers and we can already see the training has been a success as they have turned out so well!
We are looking forward to uploading the final videos and content to udemy.com by the end of the month so we can connect with more artisans and the Embroidery Project can impact more lives!