Founded in the memory of the late Indian artist Kunda Kirloskar, Kundakala is both mission and a message.
Our mission is to provide women with tailoring skills through a six-month programme where they are taught to make and mend clothes on a sewing machine. Women graduate out of our programme with all the skills necessary to become professional seamstresses catering to their families and to the wider community. The programme enables them to save money, reduce debt, and start a small business if they are interested. We also provide follow-up advice and guidance that helps the women build confidence and decide on next steps that are suitable for them and their current circumstances.
In this world of fast fashion, our women are encouraged to upcycle clothes and fabric to make new interesting products. Kundakala reminds us once again that along with warmth and wisdoms, our homes also contain wellsprings of opportunity and enterprise.
Kundakala is run by one of Kunda’s daughters with the help and support of her family, friends, Kunda’s admirers, and volunteers. All income generated goes back into the organisation.