Rehabilitation

History of the Unit

The Mat weaving Rehabilitation Project was started in 1957 by Dr. Fritchi the then Superintendent of SLR&TC & Mrs. Mano Fritchi to find employment opportunities for leprosy patients who had lost their jobs due to their disabilities and the stigma of the disease. From an initial hospital grant these patients made tapes for beds, stockinet bandages and table mats with the broom grass that grew in abundance in the campus.

The Rehab unit is a part of the SIH-R&LC. The unit functions on the grounds of compassion, to help the former leprosy patients to earn and to support their nuclear family, until they are able to earn and support themselves independent of the unit.

Head of the Department

Mrs. Jamuna

Team Members

Weavers – 9; Block printers – 2; Tailors – 4; Packing, stitching, gauze piece folding etc – 10.

Functions of The Unit

The Rehab Unit functions in the following ways:

  1. Purchase of Raw Yarn

  2. Warping process (externally)

  3. Issue to the weavers / Tailors

  4. Receipt of finished goods

  5. Marketing

  6. Sales at local counter/ out stations

  7. Export procedures

  8. Restricted loans to weavers.

Block Printing

The block printing unit was started in the year 1996. One of our weavers’ son was sent to Hubli for training. He in turn trained socially and economically deprived women from rural areas. This section turns out block printed bed sheets, sarees, table cloths and cushion covers which are in great demand.

Market

The products from this centre have found their way to many leading arts and craft centres of this country. Regular customers in India are MESH New Delhi, Cane and Bamboo & VTI Chennai. The unit also conducts sales in schools and hospitals and sets up sales counters at conferences and workshops organized by CMC and the Charity Bazar sale at Bangalore every year.

The unit runs on a non-profit basis. Training and raw materials are provided to workers. They are also helped to market the products. They are paid on a piece rate basis.

Available Products At Rehabilitation

CLOTH MAT (SET OF 6+1)

FIBRE MAT (SET OF 6+1)

BROOM STICK MAT (SET OF 6+1)

PRINTED MAT (SET OF 6+1)

SERVIETTES 14” X 14” (SET OF 6+1)

SWAB CLOTH (SIZE: 20” X 22”)

TEA TOWEL (SIZE: 20” X 27”)

SHOULDER BAG

SHOULDER BAG ZIP

TABLE CLOTH 60” X 60” BP SINGLE COLOUR

TABLE CLOTH 60” X 60” BP DOUBLE COLOUR

TABLE CLOTH 60” X 90” BP SINGLE COLOUR

TABLE CLOTH 60” X 90” DOUBLE COLOUR

BED SPREAD 90” X 100” SINGLE COLOUR

BED SPREAD 90” X 100” BP DOUBLE COLOUR

TABLE CLOTH 40” X 60” BP SINGLE COLOUR

TABLE CLOTH 40” X 60” BP DOUBLE COLOUR

STOCKINET 3.5” (ROLL OF 50 METS)

STOCKINET 4.5” (ROLL OF 50 MET)

NIGHTIE

PETTI COAT FREE SIZE

LUNCH BAG

PURSE (SMALL)

PURSE BIG (CLOTH)

PURSE BIG (FIBRE)

TEA TOWEL PACKET (SET OF 3)

LETTER HOLDER

TABLE CLOTH SIZE 50” X 90”

KITCHEN HOLDER

PILLOW COVER BP SINGLE COLOUR

PILLOW COVER BP DOUBLE COLOUR

CUSHION COVER BP SINGLE COLOUR

CUSHION COVER BP DOUBLE CLOLOUR

TEA TOWEL BP SINGLE COLOUR

TEA TOWEL BP DOUBLE COLOUR

CAT MEMO PAD

PHONE MAT

PENCIL CASE

SHOPPING BAG BP

BABY FROCK