Over the weekend Dee has been working at a nearby Mind, Body and Spirit event. It’s been a really busy weekend for her, with a lot of visitors at the event and a lot of interest in what she does. There were some amazing stands, from painted stones to clairvoyance, from reiki healers to magnetic jewellery, from artwork to numerology. I appreciate that this sort of event may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but please read on, as I think you may be as moved as we were by what I’m about to share.
One of the adjacent stands to Dee was for the Chakra Project. We’d been admiring the hand stitched wall hangings for quite some time over the weekend, and spoke to the man running the stand, a man called Shah. The Chakra Project is run by his mother in the Kashmir region of northern India.
In that part of the world, young girls are apparently not often formally educated, their life choices tend to be limited and many end up illiterate and unemployed. Essentially, the Chakra Project teaches young girls how to do needlework to a high standard, as they make these wall hangings in a mindful way. It takes months to learn the skills and colour schemes required. It gives them marketable skills, it gives them confidence and belief in themselves, it gives them job prospects: in short, it gives them hope.
To my mind, this is a remarkable project, and one that is worth supporting. One woman – Shah’s mother – decided that she wanted to try to make a positive difference to many other women’s lives, and appears to be succeeding. She founded the Chakra Project and is very involved in it. I think that is simply awesome.
Oh, and have we bought anything off the stand? Yes we have, and here it is, in pride of place in our quiet room. It looks and feels like it was custom made for the space. In a sense it was, because it’s handmade with love and care.