Once in awhile you come upon an item that you can not live without. The Story scarf is that item. These beautiful hand dyed and block printed silk scarves do not need you to tell their story, they tell the story on their own when you wear them. The writing on the scarf is based on one of the women at Himalayan Tapestry's favorite scriptures, Isaiah 40:3. The delicate nature of the silk with the tone on tone Hindi printed words of inspiration will make your day brighter every time you wear them.
If you come to a little niche on the steep incline that is called ‘Old Rajpur’ on the road to the well-known hill station Mussoorie, you will find a resting place called “Chhaya Cafe” (Chhaya meaning ‘shade’ in Hindi). It has some wonderful baked goods, a cup of coffee or tea, and many friendly faces. As you walk in a little, you will meet women who are busy with various tasks of sewing, quilting, handcrafting, block printing, and dyeing for a small shop in the front room of the building.
This is Dorcas House: a breathtaking view of the Himalayan foothills surrounds this place and is home to the Himalayan Tapestries and Chhaya Café.
Together, Himalayan Tapestries and Chhaya employ over 20 women. Their vision is to increase the employment opportunities for women in the region. The women are taught various skills such as fine block printing, dyeing, quilting, sewing, hand crafting, baking and food processing.
The women in The Dorcas House are making our beautiful Story Scarves. The printing on this scarf is a story of Ruchita, a college graduate, widowed and remarried at the age of 25. When Ruchita came seeking work at The Dorcas House she was completely broken and disillusioned due to severe abuse (both emotional and Physical) at her home . Through encouragement, love and ongoing development at The Dorcas House, her life has been changed.
Ruchita chose a verse from the book of Isaiah, chapter 40:3 to complete her Story Scarf; by wearing this scarf you have every opportunity to tell her story, and you become a Story Changer too!
Mrs. Ebenezer, as we have come to know her, is the founder of Himalayan Tapestries. Starting with vision and hope she reached out to abused and poverty stricken women in India. That heart is what has developed the women into who they are today; prosperous, beautiful, and educated.
Rehabilitation of women is the major focus for Himalayan Tapestries. They train up women in a trade to give them a way to prosper, both in financial and self worth. Whether they stay to work with Mrs. Ebenezer or find jobs elsewhere they have grown in skill and dignity.