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.
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