These Hats are all Finger-knitted as part of The Forage Finger Knitting Project which we set up in northern India (see below).
Each hat is totally unique. They have all been made with love and laughter and it really shows!
Each beautiful, colorful hat comes with a tag attached with the name of the woman who finger-knitted it, and a full color leaflet with information on the project, and photographs of the women we worked with this year, so you can see exactly who made your hat!
We have decided to name our hats in this collection after the women in our finger-knitting team.
To choose your colour select the name of the hat from the drop-down list.
(Bury your nose in the wool and you can still detect traces of the charcoal fires they were sitting round as they knitted the hats!)
[The 'Forage finger-knitted' project was set up in 2008, with the aim to encourage confidence and personal empowerment through financial independence for unemployed women in rural communities in northern India.
The concept in simple; armed with bags of wool, we organize free finger-knitting workshops in poorer communities, where local women are invited to come and learn how to make our hats, At the end of each session they get paid for each hat they have made.
Finger-knitting is a technique of knots and loops, similar to crocheting, but using no needles or tools, and the beautiful hand-spun wool we use is sourced from a small village shop in the Himalayas.
By contacting people directly to make our hats, we can offer work to people who really need it.
Whilst having fun, and learning a new skill which they can use in the future, these women also have the chance to bring some much needed money in to the household.]