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Chicago Fair Trade is excited to announce this project in collaboration with fellow Chicagoland non-profit India Development Services: the Chicago-Chakouri Knitting Project. Generously funded by the Simmons Center for Global Chicago, the project is a cross-cultural exchange between Chicagoans and the women knitters of Chakouri in India, shining a light on the value of women’s work and traditional handcrafting skills.
All Chicagoland residents are invited to learn how to knit following the instructions of women knitters from fair trade cooperative Himalayan Naari. At the end of the project, all participants’ squares will be knitted together into a solidarity blanket. In-person knitting sessions will be held at the Chicago Fair Trade Museum (NEWCITY, 1457 N Halsted St) at no cost with all equipment provided. Participants will also have the option to follow the knitting instructions from home and mail in their squares to us.
From Chicago to Chakouri, let’s get knitting in solidarity with women!