"Sarees  Conversations." Digital Stories. 
A community initiative to showcase NRI Women’s Heritage Saree Collections and a discussion with experts to help the owner understand the motifs, the fabric, the region and weaving techniques involved in the making of each saree.



Video Documentation: Digital Stories of the ‘Saree Conversations’.
A collection of individual stories to be shared online. (Starting January 2016)
This programme will continue as an online exhibit as it will be impossible to connect in person with the nearly 10 million Women of India Worldwide.

This programme was initiated in 2014 with an Academic Lecture at The University of Iowa: South Asian Studies Programme International  In collaboration with Cartha. www.cartha.org


1.    MOLKALMURU's Adikegini Exhibition. 
Talk with Slide Show by Pavithra: Vimor.
Molkalmuru Design Revival and its impact on livelihood:

Academic Lecture at UIOWA_SASP

EXHIBIT: Photographs and Textiles Display.

Monday 21st April 2014 


Unity in Diveristy: Indian Textiles’ Design Connections.
Tracing textile connections across continents by Pavitra.
Demonstration of saree wearing styles
An experiential workshop on draping a saree.



In Ottawa Canada in collaboration with 
India Canada Friendship Circle 
Sunday 27th April 2014

Exhibition:  Sarees tell a Story:
Vimor’s Heritage Saree Collection included photos of original traditional saree designs (some around 100 years old) and its reproductions in fabric to showcase the forward movement of the craft and its preservation.

We plan to take this forward with workshops and discussions on the impact we can have on women's livelihood  if we support handloom textiles in India.


Proposed proprammes

    "Gossamar of Soul" by Nilimma Devi:
A specially choreographed dance piece to Kabir's poem in Hindi
Sutradhar Institute of Dance & Related Arts Maryland USA.

Dance Choreography: 'Weaving Life" Work in Progress for Spring of 2017

                                       Picture Source: Vimor

Our goal is to put in place a channel to create sustainable and economically viable, livelihood programmes for women weavers in India and to engage with 
 women of India around the world to connect to the artisans back home.

'Saree Conversations' will help individuals look at an affordable option for considering preservation and reproductions of family heirloom/heritage designs: 
Through this interaction it will be possible to create a custom new product like a stole or sarong from an old design and thereby help preserve the craft/skills 
and directly support a handloom weaver
in India

"Power women to empower India"

If women are in the forefront...
Can children be far behind?

Part of the funds raised from this project
will go to support primary education initiatives in India.

If you are an NRI Woman of India and are interested in 
supporting primary education in your village/hometown in India.

Email: women of india at gmail dot com

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