SAMVIT SUDHA FABRIC UNIT was launched initially as a tailoring and embroidery unit to provide a regular income to the local women in Shirali and around 8 other villages nearby. Over 500 women have been trained so far to create a fascinating variety of world-class gift items designed from exquisite Indian fabrics. These artistic creations, which combine beauty with utility, present a unique display of matchless, cross-country traditions of India- like mirror work from Kutch and Rajasthan, Kantha from Bengal, Kasuti from Dharwar, Warli from Maharashtra and Kashida embroidery to name just a few variants that are used to decorate sleek bags, jewellery pouches, mobile-holders, spectacle cases, puja-material holders, door -hangings, torans, Diwali lanterns and many such innovative items for home decor and personal or corporate gifting. Thus, the products made by SAMVIT SUDHA cater to different age-groups and different segments of consumers
HANDMADE PAPER AND PAPER CONVERSION UNIT In December 2011, under the umbrella of SAMVIT SUDHA, Parijnan Foundation launched a Go-Green all-woman initiative- the Parijnanashram Handmade Paper Project (HMPP) in Shirali. The girls working here have been trained by volunteers who learnt the craft at the Khadi Village Industries Commission's Handmade Paper Institute at Pune. HMPP is an effort aligned to the Indian economy's pressing need to recycle waste and create paper- a much-needed resource. By using cotton and hosiery waste, which is otherwise dumped in landfills, as the raw material the process is eco-friendly and does not involve any felling of trees. Some of the attractive items created from this handmade paper are - visiting and invitation cards, greeting cards, certificates, gift bags, wire-bound notebooks, gift tags and envelopes, scrapbooks. SAMVIT SUDHA's handmade paper unit has also entered the corporate world to create customized gifts like writing pads, diaries paper bags and envelopes with the name of the company printed along with the logo of SAMVIT SUDHA.
PARIJNA SERIES BOOKS Also published under the SAMVIT SUDHA banner is a unique series of books for children. Called the Parijna series these books are compiled very carefully to make young readers more positive, more sensitive to the needs of others who are less fortunate, proud of their heritage and also protective towards the bounty gifted to them by Mother Nature. The series encourages urban parents to spend quality time with their children by reading the books together and sharing the little lessons for better living hidden in their varied content. Like at Fabric and Paper units, the writers, designers, and editor of PARIJNA BOOKS are all women.
HOLDING HANDS PROJECT- Vocational Training to the mothers of the severely mentally challenged children of Swami Parijnanashram Educational and Vocational Centre for the Handicapped, Virar, Mumbai. While the children attend school, the mothers of these special children spend their waiting time making these products upcycled from newspapers. This provides a much-needed distraction from the day- to- day challenges faced by them and enables them to utilize their time gainfully
Teaching various kinds of hand-embroidery and training women to make handmade paper are SAMVIT SUDHA's sincere attempts to keep alive the rich but dying traditions of India's treasury of invaluable arts and crafts. The future plans include - various kinds of training to increase the number of skills being taught to the rural women who are determined to be self-reliant. There is also a plan to increase the number of beneficiaries. As of now, an average of 80 women from about 5 to 8 villages are being trained every month. The training may last anything between three to six months depending upon the trainee's ability to pick up the skill required. The aim is to teach each one to make at least 10 products perfectly. The plan is to increase this figure to 120 and to draw them out from about 10 to 15 villages around Shirali.