Using natural fibre (e.g., mat, cane, bamboo, babui grass and palm fibre etc.) and with a view to provide income generation facilities to the poor rural women and traditional artisans of mat and bamboo crafts CSWS implemented following activities during the year 2016-17
Skill Development Training on craft weaving and tailoring works for 127 artisans of Salboni P.S. organized at the campus of OCL Bengal Cement works at Godapiasal from June 2016 to November 2016 with financial support from OCL Bengal Cement Works. The trained artisans are in craft production and are earning from this.
One Skill Development Training on babui grass based handicraft organized at Craft Based Resource Centre at Markandachak with 20 nos. trainees of Mayurbhanj District in Odisha from 26th January to 25th March 2017 with financial support from ITDA, Mayurbhanj. They have participated in design development activities also.
Craft Based Resource Centre has been established at the central campus of CSWS at Markandachak with financial support from Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, GOI. A good number of natural fibre based handicraft items are displayed in the showroom of Resource Centre. Details about this craft based resource centre will be available www.cbrc.co.in. Various craft related information are available here like catalogues, designs, craft related CD, books, information on raw materials, tools & technology, craft cluster, resources, designers, master trainers, markets etc.
CSWS participated with Tribal and SHG member atisans in various Handicrafts fairs in Bhopal, New Delhi, Jamshedpur, Bangalore, etc. organized by TRIFED, TATA Steel and so on. Handicrafts goods of SHGs are also being sold through various domestic buyers in big cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bolpur etc. and tourist spots like Shantiniketan, Haridwar etc. Products also displayed in Autumn Fair International in Birmigham, U.K. from 4th to 7th September 2016.
Quality products are being sold through NGOs, Govt. Emporiums and abroad through export agencies. Catalogue, brochure, website etc. have been developed for easy marketing. Direct orders from end customers and whole sellers also executed through e-marketing.
29 design students from NIFT, Kolkata conducted design workshop on 5 crafts like Mat, Bamboo, Babui, Wood and Recycle crafts in 2 phases in the Craft Based Resource Centre at CSWS. Nearly 50 artisans participated in the workshops and developed beautiful, natural fibre based aesthetic handicraft items. Sri Mrityunjoy Kumar, empanelled designer under DC(H) conducted design workshop for 1 week on mat and babui craft in March 2017 at CBRC, Markandachak where 25 nos. new products have been developed.
Credit linkage to rural artisans and farmers:
Rural artisans are engaged in handicraft production in their home based units with credit linkage from NABARD under UPNRM project. They are repaying loans through production.
Farmers (raw material producers) have also provided soft loan for cultivation of mat grass. They are getting fair price of their crops through selling mat grasses.
Common Facility Centre:
The artisans those have no accommodation to set up production unit at their home they are working in the CSWS’s central production unit (common facility centre on mat and bamboo craft) throughout the year. They have enough scope to develop skill under efficient designers, meet with buyers and participate in the fairs etc. Cutting, stitching, fitting, finishing, packaging etc. of eco-friendly, bio-degradable, natural fibre based aesthetic handicraft products have done in the CFCs.
Dyeing Unit, Treatment Plant & shed drying:
To increase quality of the products dyeing unit, treatment plant and shed drying system developed in the campus with financial support from NABARD. As result production does not hamper throughout the year. Buyers also satisfied with eco-friendly, stable, azo free, colourful products and timely delivery of bulk orders.