Knitting is the production of a flexible fabric made out of a single strand of yarn, looped or knotted with the help of two needles. Crochet produces more solid fabric, made with one single needle. The earliest knitting and crocheting related techniques was Nail-binding and dates back until the 4th century. The oldest known knitted item is a pair of socks, produced in the 11th century in Egypt. From the Middle East, knitting was carried to Spain by Arab conquerers and from there it spread quickly. In the 14th century knitting was all around Europe and was carried to the new land by European Colonization. There is very little information about the origins of knitting in Nepal, but today it definitely plays an important role in the everyday-lives of Nepali women. Colourful woollen items are very common and necessary to keep warm in the cold mountain regions.
Our knitting program consists of about five to ten wool designs that the women have to learn according to their learning progress. The woollen items are mainly gloves, hats and socks.
- The knitting training program lasts for six months.
- In the first month, the trainee gets a stipend of 4000 NPR (around 38$).
- According to her progress and motivation, the monthly pay can increase up to 6000 NPR (57$) during her training program .
After the training the women will be able to make knitted accessories which they can produce at home or at the center.