The initiative, launched on the eve of Republic Day- January 26, aims to collect unsold textile fabrics from across the country and weave them together.
Designer Lakshmi Menon, who is at the forefront of the initiative, said: “There is a surplus of unsold stocks lying down, while on the other hand there are scores of people who are deprived of the resources.”
“…So the crisis is not mainly due to the scarcity but due to surplus production and uneven distribution,” she said. Hence there is a need to bridge the gap.
The move, called Quilt India Samman, is a gesture of gratitude and dignity. The quilts will be given as ‘gifts’ to babies striving for basic necessities like clothes — to be called Mommy kits.
Based in Ernakulam, the event saw an overwhelming response from people from all walks of life- from senior citizens to youngsters and even the public.
While the elderly citizens helped in painting the white spreads, that was later designed in unique fashion, other volunteers joined in to weave it all together.
Colleges, especially students from home science background, will join hands in weaving the piece of dignity.
The initiative will also help employ those women who had lost their jobs, while giving everyone an opportunity to learn new skills through quilting. The participant can weave them manually or through machines.
It aims to reach out to all those in dire conditions, in slums, homeless or even in war-torn countries, like Yemen, Syria.
The project runs via crowding, sourcing and crowd-funding. It also aims at outreaching major companies like Johnson & Johnson and Tech Mahindra in their service.