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Chitra Sood, Sudha Rani go all out to train, upskill artisans in making Kondapalli bommalu

Published Date – 11:45 PM, Thu – 26 January 23





Chitra Sood, Sudha Rani go all out To tevery, upskill artworkisans in making Kondapalli bommalu

Revealed Date – 11:45 PM, Thu – 26 January 23

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based mostly Chitra Sood and Sudha Rani Mullapudi are leaving no stone unturned Inside their efforts to protect the dying artwork of Kondapalli bommalu. The duo championed their set off by teaching, uplifting, and upskilling rural women artworkisans who now earn twice as a lot as they did earlier.

Their pilot enterprise startworked round 2019 when Abhihaara, a social enterprise Dealing with sustaining crafts co-based by Sudha, visited Kondapalli village to discover the pure dyeing course of.

“We noticed that solely two househpreviouss in that village have been involved Inside the craft. Although completely different women have been enthusiastic to study it, they needed a push,” she said, including that teaching women there and equipping them with The expertise to make these toys was The one Method To maintain the craft alive.

Chitra and her group On the Institute for Superior Research in Complicated Decisions which additionally works on creating sustainable livelihoods for artworkisans, ideated and financially supported the enterprise.

With The assist of famend artworkisan Kottayya Chary, who masters the artwork of pure dyeing picket toys, they ardifferd six months-prolonged teaching durations for 15 women aged between 20-40.

The durations have been ardifferd regionally So as that women wouldn’t Want to journey far And in addition paid them a stipend. From procuring wooden and turning them into superbly handcrafted toys to advertising and promoting them, the group was educated on every nuance Which might sustaInside them Inside their enterprise.

“The distinctive facet of this 400-yr-previous artwork type is thOn the wooden these toys are made out of is native to that space. With our initiative, we have been In a place to reconnect the artworkisans to their roots and emphasise pure dyeing strategies,” says Chitra.

Whereas these toys have been traditionally coloured with pure dyes, synthetic colours have come into use recently. The group took particular care in introducing The women to pure dyeing Inside their durations.

Right now, these women are An factor of the Kedareshwari Kondapally Women Artisans Collective with a presence in each Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Their work is commissioned by Lepakshi and Golconda Handicrafts, Collectively with private consumers Simply like the Lanco Group of Corporations. Additionally they run An internet-based mostly retailer referred to as the Inexperienced Craft Store.

Selling real Kondapalli bommalu that differ anyplace between Rs 500 to Rs 10,000, these women supported by Chitra and Sudha Aren’t just incomes themselves a livelihood however are additionally giving this artwork type a second lease of life.


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