You’ve read about our story, its beginning, so here are some pictures of the first days of the workshop. You will see one of the rooms we had to refurbish and the first days working with the five first embroiderers who came to see us to get a job.
Premises were generously provided by the Ubalijoro family in the Rutongo village. So, we emptied and cleaned up old storage sheds, which were in the garden of the family property, before transforming them into an embroidery room, a cutting room, a storage room and a lunchroom where the embroiderers take their breaks.
Before we could start working together, we needed to get to know and understand each other better. As far as I am concerned, I learned the technical constraints of the embroidery and how to keep these in mind while making the first drawings. The embroiderers also had to familiarize themselves with my pictures, which were quite different from what they were used to. I clearly remember their skeptical looks when they saw my first propositions !
It was in early June 2012.
The rutongo workshop before…