Art is the transforming experience. —

Mahima Rathore
Posted September 10, 2020 from India

Hello dearies i will try to share my journey in short.  My elementary knowledge of block print in collage time  was insufficient to make an artist out of me. To further polish and systematize the skills, I went  some factories to get training. So that i can give training to deprived women of my society who are badly suffering with pendamic crises .Their husbands are jobless some are alone or widows . The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving millions of people jobless. Me and my friend Pratigya decided to cope with the mental and emotional effects of unemployment during this pandemic.we conduct workshops of printing on cloth,  embroidery and stitching.My friend is good in stitching and desihning as she is diploma holder .We decided to donate our art to the needy women so they can earn livlihood. I will show you some products they made in last 20 days after training.  We are so happy if our art and knowledge would be useful for someone. I alwayed keep asking everyone to donate their skills to impact the society.  Block printing is beautiful art of India.  This is one such technique, which involves carving a desired pattern or design on a wooden block, covering this block with ink or dye and then stamping it on the fabric.

I am thankful to worldpulse for providing such plate form where we all friends can share our struggle and stories.   

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Nini Mappo
Sep 10
Sep 10

Hello Mahima,
Art to nurture the women's mental health and as income generating project at the same time, is genius! I was blown away just seeing the creative process from blank fabric to the finished draw string bag. Well done to you and Pratigya, and good on you for sharing your skills to heal and to provide for these women.

Mahima Rathore
Sep 10
Sep 10

Thank you my lovely sister Nini to read my story patiently. Your motivational words are like fuel for me and my team. So happy that you like our products. Your advice will b appreciable.
Take care ❤

Nini Mappo
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thanks Mahima,
I'm not very well versed with fabric, and not too sure whether I have any good advice. But a kind of versatile and expensive fabric I am aware of is Moroccan fabric, especially in golds and bronzes and other earth colours. It's used for curtains, cushions and furniture upholstery. The photo of the cushion on the brown chair reminds me of it a bit. You can search google images for Moroccan fabric designs and see what comes up.
Maybe you could make it if you found buyers in furniture marts or something. But you all are doing a fantastic job, and depending on the demand on the ground, my idea may not be useful. But then again, it's also because I like Moroccan fabric, since I can't afford it yet haha.

Mahima Rathore
Sep 19
Sep 19

Hello dear Nini thank you so much for your motivational msg. Yes this print looks like Moroccan print .we will try to bring outcome from your suggestion.This is our begning later on we will try to improve.I will make one set for you which you can afford .Better than moroccan fabric and print.
Keep sharing your views and suggestions.
Love❤

Jill Langhus
Sep 11
Sep 11

Hello Mahima,

How are you doing today, Love? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos and initiative:-) XX

Paulina Nayra
Sep 19
Sep 19

Dear Mahima,
You and your friend are angels. Sharing your art unselfishly to women will boost their confidence as they learn new skills and the chance to warn income. How I wish to see your block prints and the work of your women trainees.
Cheers and hugggs.