Kala Raksha: Grassroots social enterprise

Kala Raksha Trust, a grassroot social enterprise, is dedicated to preservation of traditional arts. It envision this broadly, as holistic encouraging of the creative capacity of the artist, comprising artisans, community members, and experts in the fields of art, design and museums, Kala Raksha was founded on artisan initiative in 1993 in Kutch, India.

 

Uniquely committed to documenting existing traditions, the Trust maintains a collection of heirloom textiles housed as a local Museum. Artisans participated in establishing this Museum. Thus it embodies a simple but revolutionary concept: involve people in presenting their own cultures. 

 

 Kala Raksha artisans also attend integrated Preventive Health Care and Basic Education Programs. In 2005, its education initiative blossomed into Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first institution of design for traditional artisans, and in 2010, they launched the trademark Artisan Design.

 

I would request the Editorial board to assign a journalist to cover the story of Kala Raksha Trust since  it not only provides a long term, sustaining method but also signifies the involvement of artisans in preserving their own culture. This encourage artisans and also make the process of preservation easier.