2020 FINALIST
Pursewit
Designer: Aqsa Ajmal, Pakistan

In Pakistan approximately 45% of the working population works in the textile industry. However, the visually impaired can sometimes face additional obstacles when seeking employment in this industry even though Pakistan has a rich culture and history of sewing. It can become more difficult to take advantage of opportunities, and can sometimes get in the way of realizing one’s full potential.

Pursewit provides an easier way to incorporate sewing skills into income generation, with increased reliance upon touch and other senses to make use of the machine more intuitive. The thread path is much more simplified and streamlined; the user follows a straight, outlined path from the spool pin to the machine’s arm and through a loop, then down to the needle. The machine provides feedback at each step to ensure the process is completed.

DESIGNER
Aqsa Ajmal, Pakistan

Aqsa Ajmal, Industrial Designer, graduated from National University of Sciences and Technology. She is steered by her belief in design as a problem-solving tool, devising relationships between ideas and reality. Through her tangible interaction and firsthand experiments in design, she looks forward to improving connections between people and products.

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