A LIVING SYMBOL
She is a symbol, a living symbol with her
As her name suggests, she is a child of
The tsunami that changed the lives of
She is the memory of Tsunami…
She has been hand made by women,
The women who live by the ocean,
The women whose lives changed forever
after the tsunami,
The women who are exploring a new way
The women who are empowering
Tsunamika is an expression of their
Through Tsunamika they enter a new &
She is made out of bits and pieces of
Left over from other works;
Made from what is known as waste.
There is nothing called waste in Nature,
Everything has its creative role.
Everything can be living & beautiful,
As Tsunamika is …
She is a living message,
A message of a new way of living
In which Life is respected.
A message of the Oneness of Life
In which love has a place.
A message of the sacredness of life
In which we can celebrate, together.
And life can
be very simple
Like Tsunamika is.
She is our beloved.
She has touched many lives
Now, she is here.
The first time I read this poem, that very moment onwards I got attached to Tsunamika.
It take me to the place called ‘Auroville’. Ant that place told me the story of Tsunamika.
On 26 December 2004, a tsunami struck the Indian coastline, affecting over two million people spread across 2,260 kilometers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. It killed over 12,000 people and destroyed over 200,000 houses. The financial loss was estimated to be 2.56 billion USD .The fishing communities were hit the hardest, with more than 60,000 boats destroyed.
This have effected a lot of fisher women’s livelihoods. It destroyed their confidence in life as everything that they depended on got washed away.
So a design firm called Upasana in Auroville, Tamil Nadu have came forward with a project aims to bring hope and a reborn sense of self-pride to the survivors.
That was the birth of Tsunamika.
Tsunamika is a little doll handmade by the fisher women in coastal villages next to Auroville, after the Tsunami. It is made out of industrial waste (fabric).
The dolls have quickly become popular, managing to generate a strong emotional bond between the people who make her and those who receive her.
Later they came up with different Tsunamika products sale of paper clips, bookmarks, pencils, hand bags, t shirts etc.
This is the story of Tsunamika, the living symbol.