Menstruation Health

The topic of menstruation is quite often a taboo one.

Despite the fact that half of the world's population menstruates at some point in their life, the subject is relegated to private settings and broaching the subject in public can even be considered offensive in some circles.

However, there is no need for the secretiveness; we should embrace the natural processes of our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and women friends.

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Sanitary Napkin: Lace wallah Kapda

Developed during the MacArthur FLD Fellowship Project: 2002.

It is common practice to use old cotton fabric, preferably of a dark colour. The belief is that it is unclean blood, so any thing will do to absorb the flow. The sanitary napkin that was developed used light coloured cloth for the upper layer!

The design was made simple so it could be stitched easily, with all locally available material. It looked at factors like comfort, practicality and reusability.

A cardboard doll wearing the napkin was developed as a demonstration model, so that the girls could understand how the sanitary napkin is worn. The doll wears a napkin under her ghagra (skirt).



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