Crafts training for tribal women
Focus: Women, Arts and Culture, Livelihoods
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For centuries tribal communities of West Bengal have been using grasses to weave baskets and mats. Inspired by this tradition, students at Santiniketan began crafting jewellery with seeds and grass. A few years ago Santal artists in Birbhum picked up on this trend and made products out of palm leaf and natural fibre to sell at fairs. Teaching these skills to women in Purulia whose habitat is rich in plant life should also result in such outcomes.WHY PURULIA
Unlike their counterparts in Birbhum, Santal women in Purulia are economically far more backward. In a region often devoid of rain and unable to survive on cultivation alone, women are often found doing hard labour like grinding coal in factories or unloading coal from boats on the Damodar river, most earning less than the minimum wage. Skills training in making ornaments out of local natural fibre would open up alternative sources of income.
Many agricultural and pastoral communities depend on their traditional craft skills as an essential source of income in times of drought, lean harvests, floods or famine.
Crafts take their roots in age-old traditions which are renewed by each generation...Craftspeople do not simply conserve cultural heritage but also enrich and adapt this heritage for the contemporary needs of societies.
The funds raised will go towards stipends for trainers and students, their food and accommodation, training materials, travel and documentation costs. Two artists from Birbhum, Chhobi Besra and Bijoli Mandi will travel to Purulia to conduct the seven-day workshop for 20 Santal women @ around ₹10,000 each. The workshop will include learning how to source raw materials, clean and prepare them, and design and craft into finished ornaments.
WHEN abandoned girls arrive at Baale, most are severely undernourished - the plight of 36% of Indian women, say UNICEF. Fund the cost of nutritious meals for 44 girls for the next two months @ ₹3,850 per day.