The Puri Top

Daycare is hard to come by in most parts of India.  Traditionally children were looked after by the extended family in the family home.  However, since the women have moved to Mumbai from their villages, they do not have much family support.  Hand embroidery allows women to work from home and is an essential tool in our philosophy of empowering women. 

The materials used for the embroidery are simple and do not need a lot of space to store in homes that are already too small. 


The education system in India is very challenging and competitive and the children have a lot of homework every day.   Although the women are mostly unable to help their children with their homework, they show their support by sitting with them as they do their embroidery work.    


Sharmila Sharma of Nirman Collective proudly showing off the Puri Top she has embroidered.


Published by MarketPlace: Handwork of India

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for women artisans in India, and empowering them to bring about changes in their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities.

3 thoughts on “The Puri Top

  1. I was so moved by this post on your blog == the idea of the mother working on her embroidery while her daughter does her homework makes me think of when I was a little girl doing my own homework by myself because my mother was busy with her work outside the home. This loving mother is not only making beautiful embroidery on these lovely garments, she’s making memories for her daughter. Knowing this makes us treasure our embroidered clothes from Marketplace India even more. I will feel the love between this mother and her daughter as I wear the jacket or the tunic or the wonderful Shillong pants! Thank you so much for telling this story, and please thank the people shown in this post for letting us see the way they work at making clothes and being such a good mother and a hard working daughter!

  2. The amazing strength of support-
    another aspect of love I think…it travels a long ways; for generations, futures, perceptions, education, food for the soul…

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