The Eternal Threads vision began with only 20 women in south India who were part of the original Sofi tote project. With their income the women sent their children to school, gained access to nutritious food and healthcare, bought cooking stoves and water buffalo. Their income enabled them to realize financial independence, a sense of self-fulfillment and also earned the respect of village elders.
Self-help projects like Eternal Threads will make the women feel as individuals in society.
—Mr. Bapiraju, Indian Parliament Member.
Emmanuel Handicrafts, our partner in south India, has labored for many years to provide income to hundreds of village women. As well as managing the Sofi Tote project, they also provide training in crocheting lace and tailoring.
Women have been crocheting lace in the Godavari River Delta of Andhra Pradesh, South India since Irish nuns taught them the skill during the colonial period of India’s history. Not only do the women utilize this skill to make the SOFI totes that were Eternal Threads’ first product, but they also continue to make the beautiful lace that they have made for decades. Sadly, the lace industry in south India is severely threatened by machine-made lace that has flooded the world market. Eternal Threads and Emmanuel Handicrafts are partnering together to try and find new products that will keep as many women employed as possible. Your purchase of handmade lace as stunning table décor or other beautiful items is a timeless gift that gives livelihood to hundreds of village families.
Kalamkari is an age old craft made by a women’s cooperative in south India. This amazing textile is fashioned by applying the color with hand carved wooden stamps.