The first time I was in Pokhara I discovered the work of the Women’s Skill Development Project (WSDP) and fell in love with the project and the work. They have really great (and practical) bags produced by local women. They are doing a great job at teaching local women skills (including dying, weaving, sewing) and then helping them take those skills and make viable and sellable products.
When I was back in Pokhara in November I was able to go and visit the actual project location where the magic happens. I was given a tour and was able to ask a lot of questions—really helpful for my research. Most importantly, though, I was introduced to the executive director and will be going back soon (probably January) to work with them for atleast a week (possibly longer). They will teach me the dying and weaving and in return I will work with them on design and teach some of the women to knit. I think it will be a great opportunity!
photos (c) Bethany Meuleners