Expanding museum for women artisans of Kutch India

by Kala Raksha


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
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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.”


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Kala Raksha Museum
Ashoka Foundation
Sir Misha Black Award
Bestseller Fund

Organization Information

Kala Raksha

Location: ta. Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.kala-raksha-vidhyalaya.org
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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