|Meena Raste (right) trades stitches with one of the Banjara embroiderers (left)|
Charllotte Kwon watches.
Not something, as it turns out, but someone. We invited Meena Raste from KMVS to help troubleshoot some of the issues that the young co-operative, Surya's Garden, might be having.
|Meena and Jan go over the costing of a piece of embroidery.|
|Meena Raste (centre) outside the Maiwa store during the 2005 Textile Symposium.|
Latchuben (left) and Parmaben (right) also came from the Kutch region to speak about embroidery.
The meeting with the co-operative went very well. Surya's Garden is well professionally run with intelligence and commitment. Through knowledge sharing we are able to give this group an advantage which might be difficult to get in any other way. Solutions to some problems came very quickly. Laxmi, the head of the co-operative had been doing all the tailoring herself. We suggested that we purchase the embroideries without tailoring or finishing. It turned out to be a great idea. We have the ability to finish work in India. We can manage it exactly the way we want. They wanted to focus on the embroidery. The tailoring was not where they wanted to devote their energy. Throughout the course of the morning we completed the costing. We made an order of almost everything they had.
[Ed. These pieces are now finished and in the Main Maiwa Store. If you would like to see them, just ask one of the staff for the Banjara embroidery.]
As all this was going on we were happy to try on some of the embroidered garments they had made - so we took a few photos.
|Embroidered dresses by the pool, complete with blooms.|
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