Goan Godri Naree Artisans Movement
Naree Artisans Movement is a group started by 3 women (Natasha, Aira & Milan) who share a passion for traditional Goan handcrafts done by women. The idea is to preserve, revive and contemporize these handcrafts.
Documentation of Old Goan Godris
Currently the focus is on the Goan method of making a quilt (Godri). The Godri which once was a must have in every home, has now been replaced by polyester blankets, different kinds of coverings or quilts made in Jaipur.
In January 2012, under the banner of Needle Crafters Group, a workshop teaching quilting (sari godri) and patchwork was organized in association with the Govt. College of Home Science, Campal, at their campus. A couple of smaller workshops were organized at Bookworm – a children’s library at Taleigao in June and August 2012. In October 2012, a workshop was organized at the Goa State Museum teaching quilting and patch work to a much wider audience.
Subsequently, in January 2013 Natasha, Milan & Aira jointly conducted another workshop on the Sari Godri, in collaboration with the Goa State Museum. The response was very encouraging and many women shared their views about the making of Godhris and bonds created through it. This has been the impetus to the formation of the Naree Artisans Movement.