Design Education for Traditional Artisans in Kutch

$8,807 $16,193
Raised Remaining


Yearly, KRV educates 30 artisans of Kutch, India- many non-literate women, in design. The course is practical and relevant. Graduates are confident and capable to successfully reach new markets.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

KRV addresses the low education and income levels, subsidy dependency, and loss of aesthetic vibrancy among traditional artisans of Kutch, India. KRV challenges the unsatisfactory solution of factory-model craft production. Providing design education and opportunities for problem solving and decision making enables artisans to find their strength and use their creativity. Being an artist becomes the best choice rather than the last resort.

How will this project solve this problem?

We run a design school for traditional artisans, teaching the content of urban institutes in local language and culture. On graduating, one weaver Dayalal said, “The fears we had of the survival of our craft in the industrial marketplace are gone.”

Potential Long Term Impact

The project serves all artisans of Kutch, up to 50,000. It restores the artisan’s ability to create effectively and reach the market directly. Thus traditional craft becomes genuinely sustainable, and social status and income are raised.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,807

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $8,807 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Judy Frater

Kutch, Gujarat India

Where is this project located?

Map of Design Education for Traditional Artisans in Kutch