Infrastructural Aid to Blue Pottery Artisans… Reducing artisan drudgery , improving work & process efficiencies

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One of the major objective of SETU's work spectrum is to help artisans improve their working conditions & work processes. The main motive is also to reduce human drudgery, & improve process efficiencies. There is also a need to optimize raw material & fuel consumptions & improve quality. These parameters are important to achieve all 3 aspects of sustainability, viz economic, environmental & human/social. SETU has been working with blue pottery artisans, based near Jaipur (Rajasthan) since past three years. SETU is always … [Read more...]

Providing advanced machinery & fostering Market Readiness… an endeavor of SETU/ Kallista to uplift the Silver Jewelry artisans..

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Since ages, different forms of craft work have been practiced in India and widely appreciated across borders. This is true for Indian silver jewelry & artifacts as well.. Indian men and women have an unmatched inclination towards gold and silver jewelry. Gold & silver are also passed on from generation to generation as heirloom collection! However, with the changing times, people indulged in jewelry making as their ancestral businesses are now shifting to new job avenues in search for better monetary gains. Here, we are talking about … [Read more...]

Celebrating World Earth Day at SETU..

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Earth Day is observed every year on April 22nd worldwide. Various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. At SETU, we celebrated the day in association with one of our partner artisan groups engaged in hand printing & dyeing work. The group is working with SETU for the past many years and is based at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The artisans make beautiful designs in block print & shibori on cotton & silk … [Read more...]

Installing Dust control systems for the jewellery making artisans… Ensuring artisan health & safety..

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At SETU, we believe in ensuring a safe, healthy and eco-friendly working environment for our partner artisans. This is very essential as the quality of environment in which the artisans work, directly & indirectly impacts their health. The craft work sometimes create dust and smoke that may have an adverse affect on the health of the artisans. Similar scenario was observed when SETU team visited our bone jewellery making artisan group near Moradabad. These artisans make jewellery & other decoratives from bones & horn procured … [Read more...]

Providing Infrastructural aid to the copper Bell Making artisans in Kutch…

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In addition to the socio-economic aspects, SETU also strives to ensure healthy & comfortable working conditions for the artisans. A lot of artisans still endure harsh working conditions due to lack of suitable resources and infrastructure. With our process of need identification, regular visits and continuous interaction with artisans, SETU tries to identify such deficiencies and initiate suitable projects. And thus, during one of our team's visit to Kutch, it was observed that some of the bell making artisans have to work in the open, with … [Read more...]

Workshop on women’s rights & Free distribution of Solar Lanterns…..

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International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. SETU celebrated the occasion with the underprivileged women artisan community of Barmer, Rajasthan engaged in embroidery and appliqué work. SETU is associated with the artisan community since past many years. The artisans of the region are facing an acute shortage of electricity which is hampering their quality of life. Many homes do not have electricity and where power is available, the power cuts are quite frequent and the artisans have to carry out craft work and their … [Read more...]

Education Centre at Milakpur Dhani for the women artisans

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With the objective of making underprivileged women self sustainable and spreading awareness on the importance of education, SETU has been running 2 education centres for the women, especially focussing on adult education i.e., providing education to the illiterate women in the age group of 18- 50 years. Both the centres have been successfully running since over a year and the participants have benefitted greatly and are able to read & write, even getting jobs! In the series, another literacy centre has been started for the kantha stitching … [Read more...]

Ensuring safe & healthy working conditions for our bell making artisans in Kutch..

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Sponsoring of technically upgraded furnaces.. SETU works with numerous bell making artisans, which is their traditional craft and the sole source of livelihood generation. They have been practising this craft from ages. They make beautiful and sonorous bells that form an important part of our product line. The traditional craft of bell making is a highly skilled & complex process. This involves curing of metallic bells under high temperature. The artisans use home-made small ovens/'chulhas' which generate a lot of smoke and heat up the … [Read more...]

Computer Training Centre for our wood carving artisans & their families..

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Making Computer Education accessible to the artisans.. SETU focuses on the overall development of artisan groups and organizes a wide spectrum of need based development programs on a regular basis. One of the long term objectives of SETU is to make computer education accessible to the artisan groups & their families residing in remote village areas. Evidently, in today's fast paced world, having the knowledge of computers is very essential in every field of work. Without computer knowledge, a person feels handicapped even if he/she is … [Read more...]

Illuminating lives of Paper mache artisans of Kashmir.. Installation of solar Battery backup for the artisans..

In the scenic landscape of Kashmir, one of the traditional craft forms practiced widely is Papermache, that comprises of making beautiful and functional products by recycling of paper. The craft form is the sole source of income for many of the artisan families in the valley. As known to all, the region recently faced devastation caused by the floods in the past months and is trying to recover from the aftermath. But the damage done is huge and artisans would take time to fully recuperate. The Indian government is not leaving any stone … [Read more...]

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