“Where dreams grow wild and beautiful and free.” This hand-embroidered wall hanging holds a dreamlike quality. Lovingly stitched by the artisans of St. Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra, it depicts harmonious birds, monkeys and elephants. A Ten Thousand Villages exclusive design.
St Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra is a women's handicraft organization run by the Dominican Sisters in Gomtipur, Ahmedabad. This area of Ahmedabad, once known for its textile mills, suffered much unemployment since global competition closed the mills in the 1980s. It continues to attract landless laborers who come searching for work. Artisans of St. Mary's create embroidery in the tradition of the Kathiawadis, a craft more than a thousand years old.
The artisans of St. Mary's share in decision-making and project responsibilities. The organization runs a dispensary and maternity clinic that caters to the poor and marginalized women in the area. It also runs health programs, a savings program, sewing education and children's education programs.