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In the celebration of Christmas and New Year, Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti took part in the Mussoorie Winterline Carnival held from 26th to 30th December, 2015 at Chruch Gate Mall Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
Mussoorie Winterline Carnival focuses on highlighting the tradition and art of the state. It ensures to entertain and arrange everything to all age groups, from arranging many concerts, different shows to providing lot of attractive options for shopping. Purkal Stree Shakti became a part of this event and showcased its beautiful work done by the artisans of Purkal Village.
It was the 30th edition of the annual festival, supported by Ministry of External Affair and the Embassy of India in Myanmar, collaborated hands to exhibit traditional crafts like shell crafts, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving, jewellery form the neighbouring country.
The Craft Bazaar was inaugurated by Lalitha Kumarmangalam-Chairperson National Council for Women, Meenakshi Lekhi-Member of Parliament, New Delhi, His Excellency-U Aung Khin Soe-Myanmar, Ambassador to India and many other dignitaries from craft world. The main highlight of the program was the Craft Women from Myanmar. Starting a long term friendship, artists of Sadhna from Udaipur, Rajasthan, Purkal Stree Shakti from Purkal, Uttrakahnad, Aagor from Assam shared a common platform with the art across India and Myanmar and saw the similarities between their works with Myanmar artists.
Chinni Swamy moved into PURKAL VILLAGE in the Himalayan foothills in 2001. Seeing the deplorable condition of women in the area she decided to empower them. A training programme was started teaching them patch work, applique and quilting. Soon the women formed themselves into self help groups. PURKAL Stree Shakti Samiti was registered in 2010. It now supports 180 women working from 3 centers. They make beautiful quilts, jackets, cushion covers, bags and pouches which are much appreciated by customers in India and abroad.
The artisans not only earn a comfortable livelihood but have also gained in confidence, acquired leadership and business skills and look forward to running their enterprise themselves.\
Purkal Stree Shakti launched one more store on the 13th of September, 2015 at Dehradun. This shop is in the premises of Hotel White House, a very old and well known hotel in this city. Maj. General S. Sabharwal, General Officer Commanding Dehradun sub-area inaugurated the shop. The glittering function was attended by many dignitaries of Dehradun.
The shop is selling many beautiful products such as patchwork and applique quilts, baby quilts, cushion covers, quilted jackets and other useful products. Most of the customers are happy to support the initiative and good treatment of artisans.
It will also be helpful in spreading Fair Trade message among the people of Dehradun. The location of the shop is in a well-established and popular restaurant, which will be helpful in attracting lot of buyers also.
Sashacelebrated Annual Fair Trade Fair from 15th to 19th November, 2015 at Ice Skating Rink, Kolkata. Sasha was extremely glad to have one of their esteemed Fair Trade partners Monica Hagen (formerly with CARITAS, Switzerland) along with eminent beauty columnist Julie Sen and famous designer Sharbari Dutta for lighting the inaugural lamp for the fair to inaugurate. Board member Swagata Ghosh andSashastaff graced the occasion with their presence in the event.
Many organisations supporting the artisan’s handicraft and hand loom products from all over the country participated in the event to showcase their beautiful products, which included many Fair Trade and non Fair Trade members across India who joined hands in the fair i.e. Natural Fibre fromKadam Haat, Quilts fromPurkal Stree Shakti, Dhokra fromAnwesha, Embroidery fromSandur, Gramin Vikas Chetna Sansthan, ESAF, Freedom Fabric (Khadi) from Malkha, Textiles from Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Andhra; Ajrak from Kutch and block prints from Jaipur, Silver Meenakari from Rajasthan, Eco-friendly and quirky stuff from Jugaad; Ceramic & hand-crafted jewellery from Ochre, and Jharkhand.
Purkal became part of Annual Fair Trade Fair organized by Sasha
Purkal Stree Shaktialso became part of the Annual Fair Trade Fair which was held at Ice Skating Rink, in Kolkata. Purkal presented a mesmerizing collection of quilts with patchwork, handbags, baby quilts, cushions, kitchen and lifestyle products.
Kadam Haat at the Annual Fair Trade Fair
Kadam Haat became a part of the Annual Fair Trade Fair which was organized by Sasha at Ice Skating Rink, in Kolkata from 15th to 19th September, 2015. Kadam Haat presented a wide range of products, laundry baskets, kadai baset, fruit basket, charger basket, gift box set, jail mat, different type of trays, colourful table mats, hand bags, clutch bags etc.
Patachitra paintings, Tanchoi & Brocade from Benaras, Cutwork, Ikkat, Kalamkari, Mirror-work, ceramics kitchen ware, wood & horn products, metal & tribal jewellery, candles, leather, small furniture, Moorahs, Kantha embroidered sarees & home textiles, hand-woven stoles, Dhurries, herbal body care, gourmet spices and much more were also displayed in the event to increase the beauty of the fair.
In the fair craftspeople from Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, etc. joined hands and showcased their beautiful and unique handmade products.