SEWA Gujarat working together with the women artisans at SEWA-e Kashmir
SEWA’s objective was that the women artisans of Kashmir also understand the ideology of SEWA, where women come together as both women and as workers – no matter what caste, community or religion they belong to. To help them understand the values of organizing at SEWA viz truth, simplicity, non violence, solidarity, sisterhood and self reliance.
SEWA’s approach is to strengthen the livelihoods of the women workers in Kashmir through capacity building, improved value chain, enhanced production and collective marketing capabilities.
Peer to peer learning and sharing focused is on national integration. Ari embroidery Master trainer, Gangaben from Patan district in Gujarat is seen here giving training to Kashmiri artisans, as the Ari embroidery is common to both Kashmir and Gujarat.
Language is no barrier - Master trainer Rasuben of SEWA in Patan, Gujarat, is seen giving training of quality control to artisans in Kashmir.
Members themselves should be the managers and owners, thus managing their enterprise. SEWA strongly believes that, poverty is one type of violence because it is an injustice to the individual. SEWA’s main objective and motto is to make an individual capable to alleviate poverty through consistent earning. SEWA’s objective was to build a cadre of master trainers to sustain entire initiative.
Artisans doing “Ari” work on Dasoot. Ari Embroidery is worked with the help of an 'Aar' holed needle, where the thread is introduced from below. This is also known as Mochi Bharat (cobbler’s stitch) in Gujarat. Earlier days silk thread was used on satin (Gaji) although the technique is simple in principle, it requires considerable skill and long practice.
Embroidery for fashion garment with care on traditional frame “Adda”.
Adda is an embroidery tool on which Ari or Suzni work is practiced. It is made of wood. It consists of two thin logs of wood and four wooden legs. Working on Adda, quality of work remains good and constant throughout and helps to save time. In beginning it is hard to work on Adda but once a person gets used to it he/she finds it comfortable and easy to work with.