Clear manifestation of EDS’s approach reflects in its vision “to provide sustainable support to Craft and Craftsmen”. With our limited outreach and resources we have taken initiatives in all possible areas to ensure an existence for the rich cultural tradition of crafts and craftsmen in the state of Rajasthan.
Team EDS realized that craft and craftsmanship might get extinct if an attempt is not made to work slowly/gradually in order to make the products capable enough to compete on their own.
This needs an all round attempt to ensure improvement in following areas:
- Unorganized and unstructured work force
- Lack of standardization in the products
- Lack of skill augmentation from time to time – refresher courses, design inputs, etc
- Availability of quality and timely raw material
- Credit support and costing
- Use of technology
- Value Chain Production
- Branding and packaging
- Suitable and sustained Market
- Ability to survive in competitive market
In order to address the overall need, EDS is working closely with Individuals (donors, designers, development professionals, etc), Corporates, Government departments, Exporters, etc to mobilize the suitable resources.
EDS has formed Self Help Groups and ensured financial inclusion, facilitated Artisans Identity Cards, organized skill building trainings, disseminated technical support, assisted with new designs and patterns, linked with market and make them attend job fairs, guided for quality raw material procurement, etc. Apart from the value chain support in making of a craft product and finding a place in market, EDS believes in inclusive growth and that is the reason we are also supporting in health of children in women by providing them with supplements.
So far EDS is able to touch upon the following subsectors and areas –
|Leather||Rajasthan||Udaipuria, Manpura Macheri , Jwaja (Beawar), Chaksu|
|Sandstone||Rajasthan||Sikandra, Manpur, Dabar|
|Terracotta||Rajasthan||Baswa, Pokhran , Nathdwara|
|Theatra metal (Beaten) craft||Rajasthan||Jaipur|
|Block Printing||Rajasthan||Jaipur (Bagru, Sanganer)|
|Terracotta, Bell Metal and Blacksmith||Chhattisgarh||Bastar|
|Koftgari (Damascus) craft||Rajasthan||Udaipur|
|Craft suites Interior designing via murals, wood work, wall painting, Bell metal, Stone craft etc||Madhya Pradesh||Bandhavgarh|