This beautiful, hand-embroidered, 100% cotton wall hanging features the tree of life motif, colourfully adorned with animals and birds typical of designs from this region, complete with tiny abhala mirrors. Each wall hanging takes six days to embroider. The embroidery techniques used are over a thousand years old, they are based on the practises of the Kathiawadi desert nomads and are being kept alive by the Gujarati artisans of St Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra, one of our fair trade partners in India.
St Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra
The traditional Kathiawadi style of embroidery and mirror work is preserved through St Mary’s work with talented traditional artisans in the west Indian city of Ahmedabad. Women from all religious beliefs unite within this group to collaborate on the creation of high quality work, bringing about economic independence and learning leadership skills.Read more
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