SETU organized a 10-day skill-upgradation workshop in association with SETU’s partner artisan group ‘Anwesha’, based in Orissa. Anwesha is a non-profit organization working for the underprivileged artisans in rural and tribal backgrounds. SETU supports the artisan group by providing them with international marketing platform to sell their products.
The underlying objective of the workshop was to improve the design skills of artisans engaged in making brass metal jewellery and introduce them to new techniques of jewellery designing. Emphasis was also laid to bring them at par with new designs and international trends. This is important for the artisans so as to keep up with these competitive times where the customers need new and innovative designs & products every day.
The workshop is a part of the long term objective of SETU to achieve artisan development by upgrading their skills, teaching them new product processes and helping the artisans to make innovative designs marketable in the international market, thus providing them with better and sustainable livelihood opportunities.
The training programme span over a period of ten days starting from 11th May to 21st May 2015. In order to motivate and increase participation, stipend was also provided to all the participants for the entire duration of workshop.
For the workshop, experts in respective fields were appointed to train the artisans in jewellery designing processes. Ms. Rachita ( from Bangalore), a NIFT graduate and experienced jewelry designer and Mr. Sumit from Hyderabad were called to provide training. An interpreter, to translate oriya language was also appointed for the workshop.
In the workshop, latest information on brass metal jewellery was provided. Also, artisans were introduced to the innovative techniques and processes of jewellery designing.
Some of the products designed in the workhop:
Artisans felt overwhelmed with the programme as they learnt new set of skills that would help them by opening new avenues of self employment. A total of 12 artisans, both male & female participated in the workshop