Our Story of Squares

What is a foot square of knitted wool worth? Maybe not much you may think.

But we thought otherwise, such squares when stitched together became blankets. And these blankets aren’t the result of one person making all the squares. We had innumerable volunteers from different parts of the country, from children to senior citizens who contributed towards this drive. From a family, who’s three generations got together to senior citizens, all found this activity to be the most enjoyable and exciting; all for a purpose.

A volunteer, Surbhi Sinha, a senior citizen from Delhi, wrote to us saying, “An Inch of Warmth is a great idea and I salute this initiative. We may not be able to make a big blanket but to contribute according to your own ability feels lovely. I recognised my squares on the completed blanket and I plan to do more – as there are no deadlines, it’s a long winter and many more people in need.” She continues to knit squares even now. There are many such heart warming testimonials from volunteers who also found knitting to be therapeutic.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

Through our initiative we were able to create six blankets which were eventually donated to a marginalised group of people being taken care by St Stephans Hospital Community program at Sunder Nagri, Delhi. We are definitely motivated to aim for many more in the near future.

We agree that a foot square of knitted wool, may not have much value on its own, but now the value that’s created out of such squares is; Priceless. With the request of all volunteers involved in this we are now continuing this drive, making it an ongoing collaborative drive because all the smiles are totally worth it.

An Inch of Warmth

2020 has been a turning point for humanity. The year that experienced an unprecedented pandemic no one was prepared for. Undoubtedly, it has taken a toll on many lives in various forms, in the extremity of which many lost their lives.

In a situation where so many people are feeling helpless and hopeless, is there anything that we can do in our capacity, we wondered. And then came the idea of #aninchofwarmth. An all inclusive drive which includes people of all ages and the specially abled group of people that we have been associated with since a few years.

A simple idea, where all you need to do is knit wool or crochet, into a 12″ by 12″ inch square of any color and drop it at our collection points located in Delhi and Gurgaon. For people who are not from these cities, we encouraged them to courier it to us.

These squares, after being stitched into a blanket by the specially abled group of people at Avacayam will then be distributed to the underprivileged.

It’s a drive to encourage all the talented people who love to knit, to come together and spread some cheer in a not so cheerful environment. Some warmth to people who don’t have anything to keep them warm. Some excitement to the ones who will stitch these colorful pieces together. And an opportunity to contribute to the society and the environment which we sometimes feel is far reaching.

An idea which has already had its initial ripple effects of reaching 7 cities in India and we are very close to completing our first blanket too.

Bottomline is, let’s change the equation from being receivers to being givers. The times are tough for everyone but there is always something one can give back or share.

Share your inch of warmth.

The White Light Travel Diary Series…

upcycled glass

In one of our previous posts we shared a version of upcyled shipping containers we found in Chennai, India. This post is about a conscious lifestyle change, not in anyone’s home, but in a hip restaurant in New Delhi.

The cutlery holder with upcylced bottle caps got full marks from us! We hope that more restaurants and outlets can adopt such a simple yet very cool change to save this city from being one of the worst in being environment friendly.

The Upcycled Wrapping Paper Story continued…

Red wrapping paperOur vibrant upcycled gift wrapping papers come in varied colors and block prints. Who would’ve thought that discarded newspapers can be brought to life once again, and for no other reason than to wrap the gifts that are given from the heart.

Made with passion to enhance the dignity of life for the downtrodden, giving hope to those with no hope. Being that ray of life through The White Light.

The Story of our Upcycled Wrapping papers

White newspaperSonia

It’s our endeavor to come up with innovative ways to contribute to the environment and reduce the carbon footprint as much as we possibly can at our level. Not only that, our focus is also on employment generation for the urban poor women. Starting with a small group, we have been able to enhance the livelihood of 6 such women directly, who are the sole bread earners of their families and indirectly many more. Our goal is definitely much larger though, as the saying goes ‘every drop in the ocean counts’, we live by that rule and feel that every life that we are able to touch is important. With the kind of support our regular clients give us, no, not charity, but by buying the products that these women make we have been able to sustain our growth so far.

Being an environmentally conscious  organization, we also ensure that the products that we design are either upcycled, recycled or eco-friendly. The idea is to increase hand prints and reduce carbon footprints with a dual pronged approach.

Our brand new product, the Upcycled Gift Wrapping Paper, is one such product which all of us have simply fallen in love with. The girls enjoy making them and feel super excited with each paper that they so lovingly hand print. And we, with equal passion show them off to our customers and as expected, they love them too!

How did you find them, do let us know and we will happily pass on your message to these adorable girls :).