Qilasaaz has been appreciated in many countries of the world and has achieved the distinction of a standard of workmanship that has the recognition of museums both in India and abroad. Samplers made by our project are exhibited at the Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad as well as the Whitworth Gallery, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK. One of its oldest members has also received the award of Shilp Guru for a very special sewing technique called Daraj and Katao from Shri Pranab Mukerji, then President of India. No one benefits from this project except the women of Qilasaaz and their children, for inextricable to the expertise in needlecraft of the women of this project, is the insistence that every child who comes under its ambit goes to a good school. There are about 20 women who receive a regular salary. It was encouraged that they have bank accounts but with no male member of their family. Over the years they have fine tuned their notions and attitudes especially with regard to their family’s well being,

the importance of education, health and future planning.


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