Empowerment in association with Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are running Handloom clusters for tribal women artisans and weavers affected from Uttarakhand disaster. It motivated them to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on. This effort has resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.
These products will be showcased in an exhibition Colours of Himalayas being organised on December 12 at Artizen Art Gallery in the Capital. On display will be shawls, stoles, carpets, bamboo products, copper ware products, paintings and photographs depicting Uttarakhand and its crafts. All proceeds from the resulting sales of the products will directly go to these women artisans and weavers, motivating and inspiring them to come back to normal stream and move towards sustainable development.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles (IC) will be inaugurating the exhibition as the chief guest of the event. The exhibition will remain open till December 14.
The exhibition is being 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 say, “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, a sociocultural not for profit NGO, aims to preserve art and cultural heritage of India through promotion and revival of arts and crafts. A socially responsible organisation, 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.
The aftermath of this tragic turn of events left many homeless and wanting. 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.
Towards this objective of filling in the gap for a sustained efforts and rural development, Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are actively working with flood affected tribal women belonging to remote areas of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.
This initiative has motivated the women to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on.
It has also resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.
Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are non-profit organizations, registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860 that actively advocates using art, culture and traditions as a tool for social change and emancipation, for creation of a sensitive, sustainable and peaceful world, for bringing nations closer and for forming a nexus between the citizens and governments.
When: December 12-14
Where: Artizen Art Gallery, Bahadur Shah Zafar marg