A doll in a beautiful sari.


A doll in a beautiful sari. This doll’s name is Chachi. It was sewn with love and extraordinary craftsmanship by Afghan refugee women who found refuge in Delhi. I brought this doll and many others for you from my recent trip to India. The whole is sewn from flesh-colored cotton. The eyes and face are embroidered and the long black wool hair is braided. Chachi is wearing a short purple blouse tied at the back and a beautiful hand-woven Indian sari. The sari has been sewn in a simple way, to the long skirt is attached a piece of fabric with which you can freely wrap the doll. The word sari in Sanskrit ( Sanskrit is a very old language originating in Idiya) means a strip of cloth. The sari has been the attire of women in India for thousands of years. It can be made of silk, cotton or linen. It is usually 5-6 meters long. Women call them magical, seamless clothing. It’s great for hot days and gives you a lot of options. The fabrics used to make a sari are usually beautifully dyed, embroidered or printed. Each such piece of material is a story about people….

Chachi – 45 cm

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The founders of SilaiWali are Iris Strill and Bishwadeep Moitra. Iris is a French woman living in India. He has experience working with French design and sewing companies in India. She has conducted many workshops for Indian women where she taught how they can use their skills and draw on tradition to create beautiful artisanal products. That’s how the idea for the social initiative was born, whose motto is: A PATH FOR FREEDOM. SilaiWali is a group of women refugees from Afghanistan, mainly from the Hazara tribe. The women now live in Delhi. They sew dolls and animals, and create utilitarian items by hand. Iris acquires a lot of beautiful fabric scraps after making clothes. Toys are sewn by hand, clothes are embroidered and embroidered. The bodies are created from cotton canvas in skin colors of various shades to celebrate cultural diversity, as it were. All products are manufactured using upcycling techniques.