It often seems like humanity and generosity have taken a backseat. Most of us are busy with our lives, unable to offer help, while there are several people who live below the poverty line set by our government.
A Delhi-based organisation named Pins and Needles is providing help to women from underprivileged backgrounds, especially those who have migrated to the city.
Founded by Mrs. Simran Preet Kaur – a resident of Greater Kailash, Delhi, and a social worker, Pins and Needles offers help to many underprivileged people with ailing family members.
Sitting in her beautiful garden, Simran explains that the idea behind Pins and Needles is simple — empowering young girls and women by reviving the dying art of embroidery.
The organisation gets in touch with women from underprivileged backgrounds who are often battling depression owing to financial issues and illnesses in their families. They are then taught the art of embroidery and making beautifully embroidered hoops.
These hoops are sold in the market by members of the organization and the revenue is given to the women involved in making them.
It’s a unique way of involving women in something constructive, which also serves as a source of income for them.
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As beautifully explained by Simran Preet Kaur, “The mind is diverted from diseases and daily life problems. They see colour in their lives in the form of cloth and threads. It is very therapeutic.”
Members of Pins and Needles procure all the raw materials like hoops, fabric, and threads themselves. They choose various designs, which also include theme-based ideas like those for birthdays, mother’s day, festive greetings, housewarming etc. The women are trained and imparted skills in transferring the designs onto the hoops. The end product is a beautifully crafted and hand-embroidered hoop, which can be gifted to friends, families, and colleagues.
The products are not just limited to hoops but include pillow covers, towels, bed sheets, and bags too.
The hoops are sold at various boutiques and shops across Delhi. The members themselves use them as gifts for their families and friends. At present, around 100 hoops are sold each month giving livelihood to several members.
When asked about her future plans, Mrs. Simran Kaur says, “My idea is to get these ladies some permanent embroidery work at a boutique or in an export house. Even if they go to their villages, they can still make pillow covers, bed sheets and more to make a decent living.”
She adds by saying that her journey of being able to do her bit and empowering young women has been extremely satisfying and she will continue to do so.
If you wish to contribute to Pins and Needles, visit their Instagram page here.