I have shared earlier how Sarah Aunty could bring Kippa and Kochini Kippah to us and how she could preserve the culture of Jews in Kochi, India.
Out of curiosity she used to stitch and keep many Kippas; as we are in the street of Mattanchery Synagogue (One of the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the world) we used to get lots of tourists from all over the world. They were interested in these hand made accessories and they started asking it. Sarah aunty handed over those as gifts.
In the meantime demand increased and out of combulsion from she started selling them. When they came to buy Kippas they started asking for Halah covers, guest towels, table covers etc... She started selling handkerchiefs and small cloth items which is made by a convent near by. Sarah Aunty enjoyed the interaction with the tourists, she told them stories and exchanged information, then some day she thought of developing her own style a range of hand embroidered table linens. She started making Halah covers, guest towels, napkins, place-mats etc... And the guests spend more time in our shop and we started getting ides about many more products.
Everyday we are happy to open our shops and welcome the guest, sometimes we get good friends some people buy products others greet us; it is because of the shop that we are all active and Sarah Aunty's smile is enough for people who visits us.
The other side of this story is a hobby and passion is now protecting the lives of around 100 women artisans from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. I have trained 60 women from Andhra Pradesh on the special embroidery and they are making these table linens for us now and another group from Tamil Nadu is making a product for us that I will show you in my next post.