“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
We, Aroti Kumar and Santosh Kumar Singh, the founders of mycraftsindia.com have launched this unique initiative with two main motives in mind. These are:
- We aim to help the poor families residing in the nearby villages to earn their living. We encourage the poor craftsmen, especially women to sell their handmade products to us at remunerative prices.
- We strive towards encouraging the traditional art of the local artists which has been dying out due to complete neglect.
India has a rich cultural heritage. The art and crafts practised by the traditional artists and craftsmen of India has received applause all around the world. It is a sad fact that we are not able to preserve our rich traditional heritage and as a result many art forms have vanished from India and many others are on the verge of extinction.
Mycraftsindia.com has taken a step ahead in the direction of saving many such incredible art forms of India. We believe that these little contributions can have a great impact on thousands of poor families and their livelihood.
We have already taken the following steps in this direction:
- We source the beautifully woven sarees from the highly talented weavers of Phulia, near Ranaghat in West Bengal. Once the poster village of West Bengal handlooms, life for weavers here is now a constant struggle. Phulia is famous for its Tangail saris which have a soft feel and the motifs woven them are spaced out. The Phulia Tangail is woven in silk as well as cotton.
- Few local artists of Darbhanga in bihar work with us to create the amazing Madhubani paintings and the Madhubani hand bags. Darbhanga is rich in art and culture and is very popular for its unique art form, the Madhubani paintings. In fact Darbhanga is one of the perfect places to learn this traditional folk art of paintings. We have brought this rare art form to our customers through our unique products.
- We have also given encouragement to the almost extinct art of Dokra Crafts of West Bengal. Dokra artisans of Bankura, where 36 families in all and now the largest cluster in West Bengal live in a small village called Bikna just outside Bankura town work for us to accomplish the Dokra frames available on our website.
- We have been helping the poor women folk of Pipali village in Odisha who know the art of appliqué work. We encourage them to make the products and buy from them at remunerative prices. Many women have also become self dependent due to this initiative of ours.
- We have also been teaching the women of the local villages the art of making - torans, bead work, jharokha, etc. so that they can earn their livelihood.
- We also employ women from the villages of West Bengal, Odisha, and Bihar who know the art of embroidery. Alongside this, we also teach them the embroidery work and then provide them employment.
- The poor craftsmen of Bengal find it difficult to sell the items made from matchsticks and other locally available raw materials. We purchase the crafts made by them such as table mats, purses, jute bag, khajur basket, etc.
Contribute towards a noble cause
We have aim to spend 10 percent of our total earnings towards the education and food requirements of the downtrodden and poor villagers from whom we purchase the handicrafts. You too can contribute towards this noble cause by buying handmade products available on our website.
Remember, each penny counts.
- Ms. Aroti Kumar (Proprietress)
- Head Office
- OM Krishna Cooperative Housing Society Ltd.
- Plot No. DC-127, Street No.-310, AA-1D,
- Newtown, Rajarhat, Near Water Tank No.7,
- Kolkata, West Bengal 700156
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