How Do You Spot A Masterji?
Authoritative figure, respected for his skill, wisdom and experience
Translates the designer’s vision into beautiful garments.
Wears a measuring tape around his neck.
Cuts patterns and fabric.
Think back to the time you saw a woman in the role of a Masterji.… You haven’t.
MasterG is a design and skill development program. We follow a market driven approach to train women living in marginalised communities. Our training modules are designed to help women learn not only the art of creating garments but more so, the art of questioning traditional design and silhouettes to create something new. Students learn design, pattern making and sewing over the course of a rigorous one year course. Thereby, making them comfortable with the idea of questioning patterns in their lives that are holding them back. Once they overcome their personal and social barriers, earning a livelihood using the acquired skills becomes possible because these factors are not hindering their progress any longer. Many a time, the barrier to a dignified livelihood is the mindset of their families and society towards it rather than the lack of a skill itself. Therefore, unlearning existing conditioning is key to succeeding in this program and after.
Adharshila New Delhi
It is with the generous support of our corporate sponsors Fena Foundation and ASF Infrastructures that the training centres are able to cover the cost of training and subsidise it highly for the trainees, who come from financially weaker sections of society.
Manoshi Kamdar, Founder, Aara Inc.
Madhurima Singh, Founder, Dhuri.
Siddharth Chawla, Alumni, Parsons New York.