Vatsala makes practical hats from wool and synthetic fiber. She is a Clinical Microbiologist, artist, author, and mother. She came to America in 1996 from India, where she held the position of Chief of Clinical Microbiology Services at the Childs Trust Hospital. Every dollar spent on her hats goes straight to the scholarship fund for the Upper Valley Waldorf School, which offers holistic and meaningful education to children based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. Vatsala and her husband, Ehud, created the scholarship fund together and all yarn that Vatsala uses in her hat making is donated to this fund by Inner traditions International, a book publishing company based in Rochester, Vermont
Craft activity involving sustained hand-eye coordination creates a focused, meditative mindset. Thus, each hat that I make is a meditative session, during which I send out a call for help for children so that they may receive a good education, blossom and flourish. While each hat is made, one hat at a time, one stitch at a time, my mind is calm, my hands are busy, and I call out for universal energy to help children. They are our future and we need to do all we can to make the world a better place for them.