Sunday, August 02, 2015

Training day

We have run away. Currently on the train going Bhuj... away time and looking for a weaver or 2.
Yesterday we had another training session. Each time we do we learn so much and improve the learning opportunity for our women.
First thing is punctuality. About 18 were on time ... Ok we said 10.00am and started 10.00am a small leaway to allow for late arrival.
Anyone after that was deemed too late .... around 11.00am another 20 or so drifted in.  No amount of conjoling was going to get us starting again.... it is important to stop conjoling at the start. No means no and quality is a line that can't be crossed.... They go together.
Onto class. .. the old school teacher on me came out. Politely but firmly it was be quiet. Listen. Look and learn.
Note for next time insist mobile phones are turned off and anyone bringing kids is sent home....big distractions.
We show some of our other work. Talk about quality and how every piece we send out carries the weight of all our work. If we allow 1 through that gets rejected we risk all our jobs. This is such an important point otherwise the conjoling starts...Please take it this time, next time will be better etc.....
Once we start with a woman we will give them a fair run for their money working to help them catch on.
Once they have the knack they become a Stitching Lady ( this is a formal and polite society no women's lib and important to make people comfortable, we have seen over time women earning a wage start to blossom and gain more power and support in the family unit) their name it entered in register. We endeavour to keep them employed to the level they are comfortable with....averages 15 to 20 hours a week from observation.
They need to only take work that they can commit to finishing with 1 to 2 weeks. Holidays if they tell us, we will wait for them to return.
Wander off for many months and expect to just wander back in...They need to go back to the beginning and join a training. We need  to have reliable production for our clients.
All these ideas are delivered as part of training as well as actual details of stitch, start and finish.
Once in Register a clear record is kept of work and wages and any problems  are noted and highlighted with the pink pen. 3 marks and we are sorry but unreliable quality puts all our livelihoods at risk....
And so we go on...
It was wonderful to see smiles and eye contact with me and even more discretely with Praveen-uncle as they were leaving....All I could see was veiled heads when we started.
Very satisfying but I must admit sssssoooo exhausted by the end of it.
Almost in Bhuj now and 3 days away...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beautiful flowers. First day everyone is shy and so hiding under their veils, by the time they left I could see smiles and eyes shining and many namestes. Satisfying. #TheStitchingProject #trainingday #womensempowerment #workforwomen #ruralwomen #India #fairtrade #manyhandsworkingtogether #smallbusiness #sustainableincome #ethicalfashion #whomadeyourclothes #fashionforgood #slowclothing #slowclothes #satisfying

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Training day went well. Here is Praveen with one of the Ladies. #TheStitchingProject #trainingday #womensempowerment #smallbusiness #sustainableincome #ethicalfashion #whomadeyourclothes #fashionforgood #slowclothing #slowclothes #workforwomen #ruralwomen #India

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Training day today. All our work is reduced to kits so women can work from home...Small homes lots of people. To prevent mishaps we package enough work for 1 week at a time. Train covers all details from start stop on a piece to ensure quality. Next train will be October so get here by 10.00am if you want to start today! #TheStitchingProject #handstitch #workforwomen #ruralwomen #India #trainingday #fairtrade #manyhandsworkingtogether #smallbusiness #sustainableincome #ethicalfashion #quilt #quilting #throws

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Torture by temple music... unable to sleep. Therapeutic Stitching. #TheStitchingProject #DijanneCevaal #origidij #handstitch #indigo #collaboration #studio #residency #wherethingschange #gentleanarchy #artistinresidence #clout #khadi

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Monday, July 27, 2015

flocking in....

 Having a brilliant week....well it has slipped over until next week now,
new samples I am pleased with...there is a coat floating around as well....can't wait to see it finished
 Finally rains, gentle and persistent, so our 1 crop of the years planted.....fingers crossed it prospers....
 Lilli from Mullumbimbi in Australia, and yes it may be incorrectly spelt! has arrived, she has been dancing around, playing saris, groping fabrics, swooning over indigo and handloom and following a dream working with us to create her new range of clothes. Fun energy.
My mate Dijanne is back, she was here to help and enjoy our Indian Inspiration Creative Camp earlier in the year and left with so many ideas she has come back as an artist-in-residence, and as a good mate has been a wonderful help too...she is currently up stairs sorting a mountain of saris into colour piles to help us out. After this the block print room will be free and I promise to keep from distracting her and making sure there is time to experiment and trial ideas....last week when we were at the indigo man's she tie and dyed a beautiful piece of dhoti handloom cloth, we are both drooling over....
I will be eternally grateful for her restoring order to the gentle chaos of the sari mountain.
She is an early bird like me and we were laughing the other day- getting up early and chatting we have generated a weeks worth of ideas come 7.00am!!
it is true.....the newest idea is to take notes and work through these ideas over time.....just planning where we are going with this.... we have a love of the same materials, processes and sharing and so come to a meeting point from there we go out in different to see "Where things Change"
stay tuned....

6.00am tea and stitching...We've realised early starts are dangerous as there are so many extra hours in the day to plan ideas to try out. Haha. We've got an idea for a collaboration... shared passions. #TheStitchingProject #collaboration #DijanneCevaal #artistinresidence #indigo #handstitch #handmade #khadi #blockprint ...hints

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