Our guest artist at the Craft & Quilt Fair in Perth is an Australian living in Rajasthan, India, whose love of textiles has seen her design, exhibit and more recently create a social enterprise called The Stitching Project.
Fiona and her husband Praveen have made a home on the edge of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan in northern India. The environment is harsh and it is a tough existence for many who live there.
The Stitching Project produce ethnic textiles with a contemporary edge. The Project draws on textile traditions of India; use of handloomed khadi cotton, indigo dyed fabric, block printing, natural dyes and recycling saris to create stylish homewares and clothing.
The project employs a large team of local people who are given training in the skills needed to produce quality textile item and fairly re-numerated for their work. Fiona and Praveen wish has always been to assist local women by equipping them with skills and increasing their income.
Fiona will be our guest at the fair, demonstrating kantha stitching, making textile necklaces and handmade Indian buttons. She will also have a selection of The Stitching Project goods for sale.
Once a day at 1.30pm, Fiona will talk about The Stitching Project, the differences it has made to the people who work in it and the challenges of setting up such a project in India.