To make use of the vast built up area on the estate she owns in Bhopal, a unit was set up primarily to give employment to women and to promote crushed fabric, which is an ancient art in India. However, when the Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred in 1984 an embroidery section was added to give employment to men as well. Later she added a tailoring section so more people affected by the Gas Tragedy could be employed.
Crushing fabric is an ancient art in India and was extensively used by the nobility who had their personal artisans to process the crushing by hand. Helen’s artisans have perfected the art of crushing pure silk, metallic silk, organza, fine chiffon, and all natural fabrics thereby introducing a new concept in high fashion fabric which has an ancient Royal History, distinctive sophistication and is seeped in sensual colors - bronze, pewter, antique gold and shades of spices. These crushed fabrics are supplied to many fashion houses both in the local and international market.
Since Bhopal is a center for Ari and Zardozi work, it is easy for Helen to adapt the design to suit the export market. Exports have been made to leading stores in the USA and UK. Through the centuries Zardozi Embroidery has held a place of honor as one of the most exquisite embroideries. Gold and silver cord, pearls and colored stones are used including semi precious and precious stones to enhance the effect of the embroidery. Helen will hold exhibitions and sales of her products under the SAGE Banner.
Helen will hold exhibitions and sales of her products under the SAGE Banner.
Butterfly in blue topaz on leather
Design on silk
t-lights in a pouch
Artists at work at the camp in Bhopal
Bhopal gas tragedy victims working on the loom
Women workers creating Zardozi embroidery