Kala Raksha

Kala Raksha aims: to preserve and present cultures of ethnic communities of Kutch (Gujarat, India) through their traditional arts; to facilitate the transformation of traditional art into contemporary products by encouraging innovation within existing traditions; to assist communities in achieving economic self-sufficiency through cooperative efforts; to assist direct sale of contemporary arts, for entire local communities. Artisan initiative and participation are the pillars of our work.
May 10, 2013

RETURN TO TRADITION: KALA RAKSHA VIDHYALAYA YEAR 8

Namben final Colour presentation
Namben final Colour presentation

KALA RAKSHA VIDHYALAYA PROJECT REPORT

24 DECEMBER 2012- MAY 6 2013


"We leave everything and come here.  We can concentrate.  At home there are many distractions. We saw the benefit to Hasuben and Kuverben and we were convinced." -Namaben, Rabari Embroidery artist 

 YEAR EIGHT AT KRV

As Kala Raksha Vidhayalaya proudly publishes its 2012 Annual Report, Year Eight at KRV is halfway completed.  This year we welcome an unusual group.  All of the male weavers and bandhani artists are from traditional families who in the previous generation left craft to work in industry.  Several of the young men had also taken jobs in factories or private businesses.  But they found that working for a company brought little satisfaction.  So they came home.  This is the year of Return to Tradition. 

 Courses one and two, Colour and Basic Design brought insights.  After years of teaching, we realized that the colour theory we teach does not match dyeing methods.  So, next year we will include a dyeing expert and dye theory as well.

 "I never thought of dyeing yarn. I used what was available. I will take a year but I will make a super piece," -Sureshbhai, tangalio weaver

 "This will be really useful.  I will think what to highlight, how to show it.  I liked movement."  Shafikbhai, bandhani artist

 Course Three, Market Orientation, opened new worlds. The men traveled to Ahmedabad to explore a range of shops and visit a variety of craft connoisseurs. The experience was both inspiring and motivating.

 "In 10 years you will see tangalio in all my work.  I want to see my work in all stores- different types in each store."- Sureshbhai, tangalio weaver

 "Our traditional work is dying.  We want to give it new life, new form.  I had a mental limitation that bandhani is for wearing. But when we went to Ahmedabad, it vanished.  In Anarben's house I saw the curtain and realized there are many ways bandhani can be used.  Traditional work can't be used everyday.  I want to make new things for new uses.  The art is the same, but design changes."- Adilbhai, bandhani artist

 In this year's women's class, we find the classic gap between unmarried young women and elders with grown children, but with a twist: for the first time we have a woman bandhani artist who is educated to 12th grade.  So we welcome new challenges that will bring growth to KRV-- not only young men with less depth of knowledge of their own traditions, but also the need to re-think how to teach the course content for women.

From course one, Colour, everyone learned.

"From sketching I learned to see shades of colours.  In nature you can see how to make harmony from contrast. My sight and understanding have changed.  I want to do something no one else has done."  Zakiyaben, bandhani artist

 "I never held a pen - ever.  Here, I had my first chance.  I learned and now I want to learn more."  - Lakhuben, Rabari embroidery artist

 By Course 2, Basic Design, the women began to transform, and take their work seriously. "I understand same weight but different motifs.  Balance is important…If you show me the road I'll run on it." Jivaben, Rabari embroidery artist

 In the third course, Market Orientation, the women explored Ahmedabad with their livelihoods in mind. 

"We went to Ahmedabad and we saw it ourselves.  That made a difference in understanding."- Namaben, Rabari Embroidery artist

 Different people like different things. If we make one thing it is only useful in one place.  We have to make different things.  We have to think what colour?  How expensive?"Lakhuben, Rabari Embroidery artist

 "If I like it in a cheap store I'll buy it.  But if not, I'll go to a more expensive store.  If we want to sell something, it has to be good.  That is the bottom line."- Jivaben, Rabari Embroidery artist

 The year was jump started with an extended craft workshop with students from the Institute for Apparel Management, held during the Colour course. This was the first time KRV held a workshop and course simultaneously.  The challenge of accommodating a large number of people and several activities on campus was superseded by the benefit of collaborative exchange.

 "The Delhi students came so far to learn.  I watched them and thought we should also learn and preserve our traditions."  Sajanbhai, tangalio weaver

 

 ARTISAN DESIGN

Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya has taken a big, important step forward in developing the concept of Artisan Design.  This year, the institute has been working on a pilot benefit fashion show, directed by Anjana Somany.  Renowned designer Anju Modi provided garment patterns, which  women graduates imaginatively embroidered. KRV then asked men graduates to draw inspiration from the embroideries and complete the ensembles with woven, printed, bandhani and batik accessories. This is the first time men and women artisans have worked together in this way.  The project was managed by Noopur Kumari, NIFT senior student.  Noopur presented the collection for her graduation jury, and they were impressed.  The fashion show will be presented in collaboration with the prestigious company Good Earth in Mumbai on 17 August 2013.  Such projects contribute to the growth of KRV in several ways.  Excellent products are produced, KRV visibility is increased, and artisans are encouraged to develop new work.  This year, women's internships will be sponsored by Reena and Neeru Nanda.

INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kala Raksha continues to focus on building links through which KRV graduates can develop their capacity as designers and find new and better markets.  During this period, women graduates working in Kala Raksha enjoyed creative guidance from Sara Lawton, MA student of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; Ananya Rai, Anisha Ahuja, Shivangi Agarwal, students of the Indian Institute of Craft Design, Line Jorgensen, a student from Denmark, and Cadi Mathews and Lucy Darling, British exchange students at Pearl Academy Jaipur, and a team of students from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne- who are developing products virtually.  The exchange is mutually beneficial.  Young designers working with KRV graduates also learn to appreciate artisan capacity and to work in more collaborative ways. 

 During this period, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya also hosted four workshops under our financial sustainability program.  These workshops foster exchange, and appreciation of artisan capacity, in addition to raising funds.  Through them we hope to build long term relationships between institutions. Jeni Allison and Lindsay Roberts returned to work in depth with KRV through the Scottish ReSide program, and we enjoyed a visit from their supervisors Louise Butler, Shona, and Britta.  The amount raised through workshops this year was 9% of our annual budget.

 Another step for our sustainability program was finishing of home furnishing samples developed with COMO Foundation funding.  The sale of these design theme products will be dedicated to support of KRV.  IICD interns Cadi and Lucy assisted in the project.

 By the end of the financial year, KRV significantly added to its design education equipment with funds from the Development Commissioner Handicrafts.  This year's students will enjoy use of a Pantone system, new sewing machines, a light table, sample looms, and purified water for dyeing, among other facilities.

 In March Nilanjan Mondal was selected as KRV's new Project Leader.  He comes to KRV with the experience of the Kaivalya Education Foundation Gandhi Fellowship, hands-on training in development organization and leadership.   Nilanjan is undergoing orientation in May and will join KRV in July. 

 ALUMNI AND OUTREACH

An update assessment of progress of KRV's fifty male graduates was completed in April.  Through interviews of alumni, we ascertained that:

 100% of artisan graduates have benefitted from the course.  All have gained a new perspective for their craft, and learned to be open minded and observe design in everything they see.

 100% of KRV graduates have gained confidence in terms of understanding the requirements of clients, creating new designs based on themes, and experimenting with colours and materials.

 56% of KRV graduates have grown in their designing capabilities.

25% of KRV graduates have started their own independent businesses post graduation.

9% have helped their family businesses take new directions.

 13% have had an increase of 10% to 20% in income.

7% have had and increase of 21% to 40% in income

7% have had an increase of 40% to 60 % in income

5% have had an increase of 61% to 80 % in income

5% have had an increase of 100% in income

9 % had an increase of 300% in income

 About 80 % of the artisans are aware of various schemes and organizations that can help them with their work, but only about 20% know how to apply for theses benefits.

Most of the graduates are not aware how to benefit from the KRV website.

 85% feel that KARVADA must be streamlined for it t be useful to all artisans. Unity within the organization is critical at this juncture.

 100% feel that the campus of the Vidhyalaya should be shifted from its present location.

 KARVADA, the KRV male alumni organization formally registered as an entity.  This opens possibilities for funding and other facilities.

 In February, 2010 graduate Khalid Amin Khatri worked with Manchester Metropolitan University faculty member Helen Felcey to develop art pieces for the Cotton Exchange project.  The Cotton Exchange, an exploration of the heritage of the cotton industry focusing on he links between Lancashire and Manchester in the US and Ahmedabad and Gujarat in India, culminated in an exhibition held first in Manchester and in Ahmedabad this April.  Artworks from designers and artisans from UK and India were installed in the abandoned Rajnagar cotton mill in Ahmedabad.  KRV was well represented with works from Graduates Khalidbhai, Hariyaben, Varshaben Pratap, Varshaben Uttam, Damyantiben, Sajnuben, Ramiben Rama, Monghiben, Lachhuben, Kuvarben, and Jivaben Ratna; and KRV Advisors Shyamji Vishramji and Ali Mohamad Isha. 

 KRV online

In September 2012, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya enjoyed a feature by Jessica Marati "Teaching Design," in Hand/Eye magazine.

 In October 2011, Annie Waterman published "Empowering the Artisans" an article about KRV in Hand/Eye. Articles on Artisan Design have also been published in three important online craft journals: Hand/Eye  www.handeyemagazine.com 3 February 2010; Craft Unbound www.craftunbound.net 27 January 2011, and the Craft Revival Trust Newsletter www.craftrevival.org vol 110, issue 2 Winter-Spring 2011.

 Kala Raksha is on Facebook

 

THANKS TO GLOBAL GIVING!

The Indian financial year spans between April 2012 and March 2013. Our seventh year was completed with a balanced budget! KRV relies entirely on donations.  Nearly 6% of our annual budget was raised through individual donations this year.

 In the coming year, we have the challenge of raising over $72,000 to operate our program.  As we complete 2012 and look to 2013, we thank Global Giving and hope that our supporters will think about making a tax deductible gift!  Your generous contribution can help! You can make a difference in the lives of our very creative constituency!!

 THE NEXT PHASE

Today, Kala Raksha's board of Master Artisan advisors met and brainstormed on the future of KRV.  Their full support gives us strength and hope.  As KRV has focused on becoming more self-sustaining, opportunities as well as challenges are coming our way.  In this year we expect to focus on ensuring the viability of the institute.  In the next year we envision significant and positive growth for KRV. We hope to earn well through participation in the tenth annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and a subsequent USA tour of lectures, workshops and trunk shows.  Find details of locations at www.kala-raksha.org.  And we hope to raise funds through our Mumbai fashion show. Financial sustainability is always a huge challenge for an educational institution.  We welcome from our supporters entrepreneurial ideas –and ideas for increasing visibility.

 Again we thank you, our supporters.  With your support, KRV will realize its mission of relevant, genuine education for traditional artisans!

 KALA RAKSHA VIDHYLAYA ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Ismail Mohammed Khatri - block printer, Ajrakhpur

Shamji Vishramji Vankar- weaver, Bhujodi

Lalji Vankar - weaver, Nirona

Gulam Hussain Umar - tie dye, Bhuj

Ali Mohammed Isha - tie dye, Bhuj

Umar Farouk - tie dye, Badli

Qasimbhai - batik, Mundra

 KALA RAKSHA TRUSTEES

 

Prakash Bhanani, Kala Raksha Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Member, National Planning Commission

Judy Frater, Kala Raksha Co-Founder, KR Project Coordinator, KRV Project Director, Ashoka Fellow

Ashoke Chatterjee, Previous Director, Crafts Council of India

Nita Thakore, Textile Artist, Faculty Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur  

K.V. Raju, Faculty, Institute of Rural Management

Rajni  Patwa, Architect  

Mira Poonam, Artisan    

Hariya Uttam, Artisan

Babri Moru, Artisan

Haku Shah, Padmashree, Artist & Historian

Jayanti Nayak, Faculty, National Institute of Design

Daya Dohat, National Awardee, Artisan

Rai Singh Rathod, Local Guide

Adil with first colour range
Adil with first colour range
Suresh shows tangalio weaving
Suresh shows tangalio weaving
Lachhuben and Zuberbhai collaborate
Lachhuben and Zuberbhai collaborate
Artisan Design ensemble
Artisan Design ensemble
Soyab teaching printing
Soyab teaching printing

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Jan 25, 2013

KR MUSEUM ACCESSIONS THREE COLLECTIONS

embroidered blouse from eastern Kutch
embroidered blouse from eastern Kutch

KALA RAKSHA MUSEUM

PROJECT REPORT 21 OCTOBER 2012- 24 JANUARY 2013

Since its inception, Kala Raksha has dovetailed the collection and preservation of traditional pieces with income generation.  The Trust established an international quality Museum of textiles and related materials in 1997. Two features of this Museum make it unique.  First, the Museum is based in the village itself. Artisans have access to and responsibility for it.  Second, artisans were involved in all phases of the development of the Museum.  They assisted in collection, were engaged in documentation, and consulted in the permanent exhibition.  The Kala Raksha Museum successfully proves the mutual benefits of involving communities in presenting and utilizing their own cultures.

The Museum is intended as a resource base for artisans, designers and researchers. Traditions embody the identity and heritage of a people. Increased appropriation of design intellectual property across cultures has resulted in a generic commercial ethnic look, as well as loss of knowledge of textile traditions.   Kala Raksha's challenge increasingly is to innovate within traditions, and to tell the story that makes cultural integrity more valuable. 

As Kala Raksha artisans develop contemporary designs based on the museum collections, they tell their own story, enhancing the value of their traditions.

Shafikbhai, bandhani artist and KRV student, "In the Museum I saw bandhani I had not seen before!"

 ACCESSION OF NEW COLLECTIONS

Since the last report, another excellent Global Giving disbursement was received. The generous donation enabled us to accession the remaining nine home quilts earmarked in March, and fifteen objects from eastern Kutch- 8 blouses and 7 embroidered objects.  The collection of these increasingly rare objects is crucial to enabling artisans to study and perpetuate their own traditions with the enthusiasm that keeps them living.

SERVING THE ARTISAN COMMUNITY

In January 2013, the eighth year of Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya began.  As the years have passed, we have seen the student composition change.  Artisans under the age of 35 have a markedly weaker knowledge of their traditions.  This year, we noted a new, hopeful trend: all but one of the men students are sons of artisans who left their crafts to work in industry.  This generation returned, albeit with some hesitation. These young men visited the Kala Raksha Museum to see examples of traditional work they had never seen, and met with masters of their crafts. They also had the opportunity to interact with students from the Institute for Apparel Management in Delhi during the class. By the end of the colour class we were happy to hear enthusiasm for traditions growing. 

 Sajanbhai, tangalio weaver, "In the interview I wasn't sure.  But now I have the desire to learn, to use our weaving.  When I saw the Delhi students come so far to learn, I thought we should also learn and preserve our traditions."

 Poonambhai, weaver, "I have made dhablas for years, but I never knew there were THREE colours- black, white and gray.  And we get different shades by proportion of warp and weft."

 Sureshbhai, tangalio weaver,  " I will take a year but I will make a super piece." 

 INSTITUTION BUILDING

In our quest to build our institution, Kala Raksha hosted twelve students from the Institute for Apparel Management in Delhi in a craft documentation/ skill building project.  The students approached Kutch textile traditions with little experience.  We encouraged them to use the museum collections and library so that they would begin with respect for the aesthetic and conceptual as well as technical aspects of traditions.  This background made a clear change in their approach. 

 Graduates of KRV found an excellent opportunity to meet international design professionals in the "Make it New Again" international conference in Ahmedabad, co-sponsored by Sangam, Australia, and National Institute of Design. LOkesh Ghai  presented a paper on Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya. 

VISITORS AND RESEARCHERS

In December, Kala Raksha hosted avant guarde Australian designer Rebecca Paterson for an extended workshop in Rabari embroidery.  Rebecca also utilized the Kala Raksha Museum to familiarize herself with Rabari work, and then immersed herself in Rabari culture.  The project, documented by renowned photographer Rozie Sharp, culminated in a set of design prototypes that we are confident evoke Rabari tradition, but which will sell in the high fashion market of Australia. 

 During this period two groups representing the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a group of students from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, faculty from Kansas State University, and many tourists visited Kala Raksha Center and Museum.

 CONTINUING EDUCATION

A BIG BOOST FOR INTERN INSPIRATION

We are happy to announce that the museum inspired products designed by Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya graduate artisan designers garnered Kala Raksha a place in the 2013 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.  Look for our team in Santa Fe this July.   

Our Artisan Design line took an exciting turn in January, when we paired men and women graduates to work in collaboration on our next fashion show collection.  The women interns decided the theme "Sangam," joining elements to make something new.  The men met with them and studied their initial work, and will now reply with accessories that coordinate and complete the ensembles.  We will encourage them to utilize museum collections to insure that traditions remain recognizable.

 This January, Kala Raksha received a generous grant to institute a new design internship program in memory of Ms. Shakunt Nanda.  This will enable ten women to utilize the museum to develop new products over the next year.

 IMPROVING OUR WEB PRESENCE

Throughout the months of December and January, our traveling webmaster Catriona Russell stayed in Kutch to revamp our three websites.  They are now better functioning as well as accurate and elegant.  You can now reach the museum website with a click from our Kala Raksha site.  We will upload images of our new accessions once they are photographed.

BOOK RESEARCH

Research for Kala Raksha's book on Kutch embroideries, which will highlight the Kala Raksha Museum collections, resumed in August.  One more chapter is drafted.  With the rapid modernization of Kutch villages, we realize that this is probably the last chance to glean information from the heritage held in our Museum collections.  Aging artisans now struggle to place the work we show them.  Our creative team has captured critical information that will make an invaluable contribution to the field.

THANKS TO GLOBAL GIVING!

Global Giving has been a steady and significant source of support for the Kala Raksha Museum.  Your contributions insure that our collections continue to grow and support our sustainable, authentic work and we can host projects that utilize our resource. Kala Raksha Trust is self sustaining in its income generation work- a feat not even attempted by many non-profits.  However, the earnings from our income generation cannot cover the costs of expansion of the Museum.

Global Giving has enabled us to reactivate our museum work. We thank Global Giving donors for your support, and welcome financial contributions as well as ideas for ways to reach out and share our holdings with interested people.

THE NEXT PHASE: CONTINUED EXPANSION

Kala Raksha has its sights on new collections and also hopes to be able to expand the museum facilities to accommodate them this year.  As research progresses, we will be able to make the best selection of new accessions.

Artisan students study Museum collections
Artisan students study Museum collections
studying a bandhani in detail
studying a bandhani in detail
Delhi students work with embroidery artisans
Delhi students work with embroidery artisans
visit the improved Kala Raksha Museum site
visit the improved Kala Raksha Museum site

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Dec 26, 2012

Kala Raksha Vidhyala Celebrates 7th Convocation

Salmanbhai walks the KRV fashion show ramp
Salmanbhai walks the KRV fashion show ramp

KALA RAKSHA VIDHYALAYA CELEBRATES 7TH CONVOCATION

PROJECT REPORT 30 OCTOBER-24 DECEMBER  2012

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL KALA RAKHA VIDHYALAYA CONVOCATION MELA

"Nobody will be able to copy us. We are always looking ahead and we are interested in doing new designs, " Lachhuben Raja Rabari, KRV graduate 2006

The Convocation is always a time to look back and see what we all have achieved in the year, to appreciate, and to give thanks.  This was the Year of Emergence of The Artisan Designer.

After seven years of KRV we have began to see the blossoming of Artisan Designers. KARVADA members impressed an international audience at the "Make it New Again" Symposium held at NID in November; they had fresh work, and they could talk about it.  Women graduates initiated and created collections for this year's fashion show. Graduates who had gone back to production work, for several years, began to show new collections.  They had gathered all that they had learned and made it their own, and they started making new designs. 

 It reminds us that things take time. 

There is a movement in the world today called Slow Cloth.  The idea comes from Slow Food- a response to the realization that satisfaction is missing in fast food.  Slow cloth values quality, meaning, beauty and the time it takes-- the human dimension of craft. 

Craft is essentially human- and that is the part we love.  Machines are needed to make many things faster, cheaper, more standard. But craft is different.  It is about the hand, the mind and the heart. 

Craft is also about the uniqueness of each crafts person.  This year, we realized that in educating artisans you begin to see each person as unique-- not as an example of a group. At KRV we strive to nurture the special quality of each individual. 

November 30- December 2nd marked this year's KRV Convocation Mela. The event, generously sponsored by Adani Foundation, CGPL-Tata Power, and Somaiya Group, began with a final jury conducted by experts in craft and design, including Radhi Parekh- founder of Artisans Gallery, Subrata Bhowmick- internationally renowned designer, Sonal Chitranshi, designer for Fabindia, Sangita Shroff, designer and former Director, Indian Institute of Craft and Design, and Lesley Mitchison-faculty Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

The jury culminated in the always popular fashion show, choreographed by Utsav Dholakia Compered by Shweta Dhariwal, and styled by LOkesh Ghai.  This year's fashion show was inaugurated by our generous sponsors and our Special Guest, the vivacious and avante guarde Australian designer, Rebecca Paterson.

This year's graduates presented collections of contemporary styled traditions, ranging from the bold to the beautiful.  The garments were designed in collaboration with students from Pearl Academy, Delhi, and M.S. University Baroda.

As ever, our KRV alumni made us proud with their sophisticated Artisan Designs.  The grand finale was Rebecca modeling Parmaben's wedding collection stole. 

The following day, Kala Raksha proudly received Professor Pradyumna Vyas, Director of the National Institute of Design, as our Chief Guest.  Mr. Vyas delivered the keynote speech, affirming that design education for artisans was an important step for the invigoration of both traditions and contemporary design.  Graduates Lakshmiben Kalyanji Puvar and Hiteshbhai Dayalal Vankar spoke eloquently and sincerely about the importance of design education in their lives, embodying the confidence and poise that education builds.

This year's jury awarded best collection to Hansuben Mohan Rabari and Soyabbhai A. Karim Khatri. 

The convocation inaugurated a public Mela, which drew visitors from UK, Australia, Scotland, USA, and all over India.  A number of people planned their visit to India around the KRV Mela. Artisans met and exchanged news and ideas.  Visitors purchased fresh artisan designs.  Many graduates recovered their annual fees in a few hours-- incontrovertible proof that their year of hard work was worthwhile.  Everyone enjoyed Kutchi folk music, food and hands-on craft demonstrations.

Finally, artisans, graduates and the public joined in our traditional sanedo jam session- the grand finale of a wonderful celebration of the flourishing culture of Kutch, and the welcoming of our newest Artisan Designers. 

As we look forward to another year, a lasting image of this year's Mela is Jivaben walking the fashion show ramp.  Her 1,000 watt smile makes her seem 20 years younger.  She is the ambassador of Artisan Design.  The message is this: do not compete with machines.  Do what the human artist can do- take time to think, to play.  What the artisans, young and old, have learned at KRV is a seed. It will grow and bear fruit.  And together all of the individual Artisan Designers will create a Movement of Slow Craft-- Artisan Design!

ARTISAN DESIGN

Kala Raksha women Artisan Designers showcased their collaborations with Indian Fashion designer Anju Modi, and the suf group inaugurated one of a kind dupattas.  These collections were tested in Mumbai at Artisans Gallery, and the public voted yes. 

INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kala Raksha continues to focus on building links through which KRV graduates can develop their capacity as designers and find new and better markets.  In December 2012, Kala Raksha and the Vidhyalaya hosted the seventh workshop of this year, with faculty from Kansas State University.  These workshops foster exchange, and appreciation of artisan capacity, and we hope to build long term relationships between institutions. 

Participants in workshops since January 2011 have included international design students and faculty from Colorado State University, Missouri State University and Kansas State University, students from Oregon State University, who earned college credits in the USA, students from the University of New South Wales Australia, and the National Institute of Design, art and design professionals from UK studying the Cotton Story,’  and many interested travellers.

ALUMNI AND OUTREACH

KARVADA members held a group show in Artisans Gallery in Mumbai, a landmark in visibility. KARVADA and KRV women graduates are all working together toward a major event in Delhi.

KRV online

In September 2012, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya enjoyed a feature by Jessica Marati "Teaching Design," in Hand/Eye magazine.

In October 2011, Annie Waterman published "Empowering the Artisans" an article about KRV in Hand/Eye. Articles on Artisan Design have also been published in three important online craft journals: Hand/Eye  www.handeyemagazine.com 3 February 2010; Craft Unbound www.craftunbound.net 27 January 2011, and the Craft Revival Trust Newsletter www.craftrevival.org vol 110, issue 2 Winter-Spring 2011.

Kala Raksha is now on Facebook 

THANKS TO GLOBAL GIVING!

The Indian financial year spans between April 2012 and March 2013. Our seventh year of classes is completed. KRV relies entirely on donations.  This year, we have the challenge of raising over $75,000 to operate our program. We are happy to announce that KRV has raised $53,354 to cover the academic year of 2012, with another pledge of  $21,000.  Of this, 11% was earned through the sustainability program, and 9% was raised through individual donations, primarily Global Giving! This is the equivalent of five and a half scholarships.

Kala Raksha is very close to achieving this year's goal. As we come to the end of the year, we thank Global Giving and hope that our supporters will think about making a tax deductible gift!  

Your generous contribution can help! You can make a difference in the lives of our very creative constituency!!

THE NEXT PHASE

As KRV has focused on becoming more self-sustaining, opportunities are coming our way.  In this year we will institute the sale of educational materials to raise funds, in addition to workshops for which we steadily receive clients.  We also hope to raise funds through our major event at the end of the financial year.  Financial sustainability is always a huge challenge for an educational institution.  We welcome any entrepreneurial ideas –and ideas for increasing visibility-from our supporters. In the next year we envision significant and positive growth for KRV.

Again we thank you, our supporters.  With your support, KRV will realize its mission of relevant, genuine education for traditional artisans!

Kanchanben in her final jury
Kanchanben in her final jury
Soyabbhai
Soyabbhai's jury
Graduate Lakshmiben delivers a convocation speech
Graduate Lakshmiben delivers a convocation speech
Kanchanben receives KRV certificate
Kanchanben receives KRV certificate
Jivaben walks the KRV fashion show ramp
Jivaben walks the KRV fashion show ramp

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