The Handicraft: Empowering the women and preserving their heritage
In 2002, from humble beginnings with just 8 needle workers, Surya’s Garden now employs over 80 embroideresses grouped in three main teams at Kaddirampura, Sitarama and Mariyammana Halli Thandas. Based on fair trade, the workshop trains the apprentice embroideresses and provides threads and drawings of traditional patterns to help them ply their trade. These gifted needle workers are paid for completed pieces, also receiving a percentage from the proceeds on sales alongside free access to medical care. The remaining amount of the proceeds covers the Medical Dispensary expenses and the purchase of embroidery material.