Women utilize the Museum to study their most valuable resource- traditions, extending their capacity to develop new work with cultural integrity and compete successfully in international market
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
With spiraling inflation, village women of Kutch need to earn. Utilizing traditions they can earn at better than manual labour wages. The museum resources increase awareness and value for the artisans’ own cultures and mobilize their ability to create viable work in an increasingly competitive market. As Raniben says, “The difference between what we used to make for sale and what we make now is night and day. Now, I think when I work.”
How will this project solve this problem?
Women artisans study examples of their own textile traditions. They utilize patterns, colors, techniques that may have been lost to create new work for contemporary markets, combining their most valuable resources- cultural heritage and creativity.
Potential Long Term Impact
The museum serves over 1,500 artisans and their families, providing them with an inexhaustible resource to retain the vibrancy of tradition and earn skilled artisan wages. Heritage is perpetuated and incomes increase.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,670
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 $2,670 . The original project funding goal was $25,000.