Women's Project

 Forage Finger-Knitted!

 
 


Every object has it's story,passing through many hands before it reaches yours.
 Where was it made? Who by? Under what circumstances?



The 'Forage finger-knitted' project was set up in 2005, with the aim to encourage confidence and personal empowerment through financial independence for  women in rural communities in northern India.

The concept in simple; armed with bags of wool, we organize free finger-knitting workshops in poorer communities, where local women are invited to come and learn how to make our hats, At the end of each session they get paid for each hat they have made.
Finger-knitting is a technique of knots and loops, similar to crocheting, but using no needles or tools, and the beautiful hand spun wool we use is sourced from a small village shop in the Himalayas.


Finger-knitting is a technique of knots and loops, similar to crocheting, but using no needles or tools, and the beautiful hand spun wool we use is sourced from a small village shop in the Himalayas.

If we contact people directly to make our hats, we can offer work to people who really need it.

Whilst having fun, and learning a new skill which they can use in the future, these women also have the chance to bring some much needed money in to the household. 

 







Each hat is totally unique. They have all been made with love and laughter and it really shows!

Each beautiful, colorful hat comes with a tag attached with the name of the woman who finger-knitted it, and a flyer with information on the project, and photographs of the women we worked with this year.


This year we worked with 10 women from different parts of India. One group are  from a small desert village in Rajasthan and are of gypsy heritage, these beautiful people are very proud of their roots and make a living by performing song and dance.  

Our second finger-knitting group was formed in Nasogi village, a small tribal community deep in the Himalayan Kullu valley. Since we worked together last year, Roshani, from Nasogi, has set up the 'Shanknarain group'-  A local  women's support group in the Kullu district.