Quiltessentially SNEHA project was conceptualised and initiated in October 2009
and managed by Naina Fernandez , Project Director. The project aims to teach women
from the adjoining slums a variety of skills and also providethem with gainful employment.
It was started as a pilot project since SNEHA strongly advocates financial independence
as an ideal way to empower women. Thus far,the project has primarily depended on
fabric donations from well wishers coupled with creative inputs from the Project
Director. It involves educating the women in the basics of stitching and use of
sewing machines. The flagship products are silk and cotton patchwork quilts and
have been diversified to bags, table linen, cushion covers, curtains etc in order
to use all the material optimally. The patchwork quilts are in unique designs such
that no two quilts are similar. The patchwork also symbolizes what SNEHA stands
for i.e weaving together of lives and communities in the areas we serve. The products
are sold from the site as well as through sales at corporate houses.
Quiltessentially Your's is SNEHA's Livelihood program that empowers women to strengthen
their pivotal position in the family. It helps to enhance their self esteem by teaching
them to stitch & make different patchwork products such as quilt, bags, rugs, home
linen etc. We have showcased and sold at Sparsh, Radiocity, Edelweiss, Cymroza Art
Gallery , Sanofi, Rabo bank, , Indikaleido, Indo - German,Saldanha Million Race
at the Mahalaxmi Race Course , Cathedral School, Kala Ghoda, Rock For a cause,Kinnari
Cultural Centre, Tote on the Turf, Art Mart, Oberoi International School, Ecole
Mondiale School to name a few.
Our products are appreciated by overseas clientele too. One of our interns from
UK remarked "Wish our baggage allowance was more. Would have bought the whole stock.
The colours are so dignified".