Design Education for Traditional Artisans in Kutch

by Kala Raksha


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.

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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.


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.”

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya
Ashoka Foundation
Sir Misha Black Award
Bestseller Fund

Organization Information

Kala Raksha

Location: ta. Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat - India
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Kala Raksha
Judy Frater
Project Leader:
Judy Frater
Kutch, Gujarat India

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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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