The return of the needle

Women in Chennai are reviving the arts of knitting, crochet, embroidery and quilting.

You’ve seen her in the classic films of our youth and the fairy tale books of our childhood-that old woman in a rocking chair, bent over with age but sharp-tongued as ever, exchanging gossip or plotting danger, all the while knocking knitting needles together at rocket pace, weaving beauty from streams of coloured yarn balls strewn around her. It’s a trope so frequently pedalled that the very crafts of knitting, crochet, embroidery and quilting are mentally associated with aging grandmothers. A motley crew of women in Chennai, in their 20s and 30s, is swiftly changing that though. From college girls and young mothers to homemakers and entrepreneurs, they’re bringing the cool back to vintage needlework by reinventing it for new designs, materials and merchandise.

“Thirty years ago, every home had a sewing machine, and we watched our mothers and grandmothers hand-make everything. The next generation, however, hasn’t grown up that way. But thanks to the Internet, there’s a definite renaissance in needlework,” notes R. Shreevidhiya, founder of S.V. Arts and Crafts, Adyar, which specialises in crochet, knitting, Indian and Western embroidery for more


Source: The Hindu

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