From Dunes to Dyes: A Story of Revival
“I learned block printing and needlework from my mother who had learned these from her mother. Most of my aunts and sisters are experts in embroidery. However, we were never able to use these skills to earn a living,” shared Mooli, a 45-year-old from Tharparkar. Knowledge about shades comes naturally to women in Tharparkar. Hailing from stretches of hillocks, sandy dunes and gravel plains, they are adept in creating hundreds of different shades of a color and then donning them in various forms. The Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP) works to transform this heritage into an income generating activity. With support from the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program, Mooli and her peers from 12 villages of Mithi and Diplo tehsils were given training in advanced embroidery and block printing techniques to cater to a wider market.
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