“SPREADING INSPIRATION THROUGH HAND CRAFTED DOLL”

Description: The tale of Smriti Lamech a prior journalist and persevering feminist inspires us. She started working with Kodaikanal-based SGH( Self-Help Group) prowess to make several dolls of a quintessential feminist like Kalpana Chawla, Savitribai Phule, Frida Kahlo and Maya Angelou.

The former journalist Smriti Lamech lives in the hazy hill station of Kodaikanal where she collaborated with some sempstress of Self-Help Group Prowess for the start up of sewing dolls of four ideal feminist- Savitribai Phule a social reformer and educationist, Kalpana Chawla an astronaut, Maya Angelou an American poet and civil right activist, Frida Kahlo the Mexican painter.

Dolls have always been a part of a person’s childhood irrespective of gender. So, Smriti saw this as an opportunity to inspire others. These hand-crafted dolls of iconic feminists are becoming an inspiration to women of all ages. The best instance of this scenario is a Supreme court women lawyer, Karuna Nundy, who established her identity after rigorously chasing the Nirbhaya case and drafting the anti-rape bill. She has a collection of Savitribai Phule dolls, shared on Women’s Education Day. It reminds herself of all the deeds that have been done by Savitribai Phule. She is at the age of 40’s picking those dolls when she was in her bachelor education, which shows great esteem towards her.

In 2019, for her startup, Smriti decided to live apart from their children because they were growth enough to live a hostel life. She stayed in Kodaolanal and volunteered to teach English at the school for a year. The misfortune at the pandemic also came in her way and closed her work at that period but she interacted with SHG prowess about the business of making stuffed puff toys and many more handcrafted services. Eventually, she thought to introduce a quintessentially feminist icon in a handmade doll for helping the group.

The Challenges that she was faced during the lock down irregularity which paid some additional time, the color of NASA space suit of the first Indian woman astronaut Kalpana Chawla which is confined with orange. She started selling on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram in September 2019. Smriti said that it’s reminiscent if the drawing board moment.

At present, her work in Kodaikanal goes gradually in their success route and that affectionate her own heart.