Craft for the cause!
Empowerment, a socio-cultural not for profit NGO, aims to preserve art and cultural heritage of India through promotion and revival of arts and crafts presented Colours of Himalayas a showcasing of handmade products of tribal women from flood affected area of Uttarakhand.
The chief guest of the event Santosh Kumar Gangwar Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles (IC) inaugurated the exhibition December 12 at Artizen Art Gallery in New Delhi. On display were shawls, stoles, carpets, bamboo products, copper ware products, paintings and photographs depicting Uttarakhand and its crafts. Empowerment also hosted a ramp show where models wearing the traditional outfit of Uttarakhand showcased the dresses. The exhibition remained open till December 14.
All proceeds from the resulting sales of the products will directly go to these women artisans and weavers, motivating and inspiring them to return to normal stream and move towards sustainable development. The exhibition was curated by Sonika Agrawal and Kumar Vikas Saxena, who have closely watched these women going from being totally helpless and dejected to the spirit of wanting to move ahead and create a better living for themselves and their families. They said, “The immersion of the tribal women in crafts have given them a purpose of life and renewed their strength and courage, providing them with hope for the future.”
Empowerment spreads its message and works through capacity building of women and youth. In June 2013, a cloudburst on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country's worst natural disaster.
Though relief poured in from various sectors, a sustained effort is required so that people are rehabilitated and empowered through capacity building and work towards sustenance.