A leprosy village in India
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The Project
Silk – Little Flower’s future

After all the big construction projects in Little Flower were completed it was important to establish new areas of work and ways of being productive for all those who had participated in the construction and those whose disabilities no longer prevented them from working.

This project began more than ten years ago. Today we have about 40 weavers (depending on demand) working at 24 looms. Workplaces for 60 to 70 people with leprocy have been created in the entire workshop. These people’s monthly income comes to roughly 60,000 rupees (€1,000).

All in all 300 people have been trained to work at the looms. The workers, mostly women, live in Sunderpur and in other colonies. They are all available to work when the number of incoming orders rises. There are 300 spinning wheels, which have been distributed throughout Sunderpur. Many of them are in the women’s homes, which allows them to do their work as it fits in with the needs of their children and running their households. Each month roughly 1,000 meters of silk are produced and about 2,000 meters are always in stock.

Silk dyeinge

There are three ways of dyeing silk:
  1. the cocoon
  2. the thread
  3. the material
This allows for different effects. In Sunderpur only the cocoons are dyed. Dyeing the thread is too complicated. This type of dyeing is outsourced.
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