Sewing in an empowerment centre
This is to just a quick update to say that our Graduation Ceremony this year has been delayed from February, but now happily we have a date fixed of 22 May! We will then be able to provide photos and information on how many women have received sewing machines and what a lovely occasion it is.
Meanwhile we would like to thank everyone who has donated funds to provide sewing machines for our women who have completed their 12 month course in their Empowerment Centres in a basic academic education and a vocational skills training in Sewing and Embroidery where they have learnt to sew a variety of Rajasthani clothes, accessories and are confident in using both a treadle sewing machine and an electric sewing machine. The more usual machine used in Jodhpur is the treadle sewing machine, which we will be donating in May. These machines have the advantage of not using electricity and so are not expensive to run and are not susceptible to power-cuts that can happen periodically in the hot summer months.
All the women receiving these sewing machines have the ability to be able to sew not only garments for themselves, their famiily and extended family! but also to earn an income for sewing Rajasthani clothes for the women and children in their community. Most clothes in Jodhpur are tailor-made. It is cheaper to buy the cloth and then tailor make them, rather than buying them "off-the-peg". Also it provides them with more choice.
Your donations have been able to purchase 26 sewing machines for the women who will be receiving them in May. So a big thank you again to all of you who have donated and photos to come in late May of the ceremony itself.
Meanwhile attached are some photos of the women making the garments in their lessons in the empowerment centre.
A pair of salwaars!
Learning embroidery to embellish clothes
Using a treadle sewing machine
Using an electric sewing machine!
A pair of plazzo trousers!
Cutting out fabric...
Cute little dress!