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RARA Foundation (Rural And Remote Artisans)

Date : 2010-12-06 10:40:13

DescriptionRARA Foundation (Rural and Remote Artisans) aims at improving /enhancing the economic status of artisans, by creating livilihood oppurtunities by practising their traditional craft in their environment. Our goal is to provide sustainable benefits to artisans in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner. RARA foundation guides the process of value addition to the traditional craft by identifying the skill and creating awareness of the potential by better sale realisation , by way of simple designing, and making it more competitive in terms of pricing and then creating marketing channels for sales. RARA Foundation ensures that the end product made using the traditional skills is adapted and designed to suit contemporary taste and needs.RARA Foundation is working with artisans spread accross various states of India. .The product ranges developed includes Dhokra and Bell Metal from Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh ,Iron craft of Chattisgarh, Palm Leaf from Orissa, and so many other art forms which have been threatened by the rise of modern technology. # Dhokra Craft – Dhokra Craft is one of the earliest methods of metal casting using the lost–wax technique & created by the Ghadwas – a community from Chattisgarh. These craftspersons are scattered all over the region. Jharas of Raigarh, Malars of Sarguja, Swarnakaras of Tikamgarh are the other tribals engaged in this art. Dhokra metal casting of Orissa is synonymous with the traditional craft of bell metal or brass. It is a typical tribal art form and practiced by tribal families. The dokhra metal casting craft is practiced in the districts of Puri, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Khurda, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Phulbani and Ganjam in Orissa. Lost wax technique is used to cast beautiful designs of lamps, boxes, tribal figures and Gods and Goddess. The motifs are mostly inspired by the folk culture. # Iron Craft- The ironsmiths or lohars of Kondagaon village in Bastar have been engaged in iron craft for generations together and indulge in making of farm implements, lamps and other household objects. The furnace comprises of three parts namely jatar or bhathi (bellows), chulha (mouth of the furnace) and pathar, a big stone slab embedded inside the floor, on which the red-hot iron bit is hammered. Muthli and muthla - light and heavy hammers, chimtas - large iron foreceps, sandasis - tongs, chheni - a chisel, and suma - a thick, cylindrical tool for making holes are the major tools used by these craftsmen. The iron objects are made by hammering them into shape; they are not cast or moulded. The hot iron is beaten repeatedly to the desired shape while the unnecessary portion is cut away and filed to remove the sharp edges. Hollow images --- usually bigger than solid ones --- are made out of beaten iron sheets, folded, cut, and filed to shape. The deepak or large lamp(s) comprise of a number of small, shallow crucibles, like diyas (little lamps), and vertical and horizontal rods or strips. These are ornamented with bird and animal figures that are made separately and later joined together into various types of composite lamps. Depending on the variations in structure and use, there are five types of lamps: laman diya, supali diya, gadli diya, khut diya and viman diya. The laman diya is hung anywhere in the house and is used for day-to-day lighting. The viman diya is in the shape of a chariot and gets its name from the flying chariots or viman of the deities. Creatures like birds, snakes, deer, and monkeys, as well as human figurines, decorate these lamps. The other products made from iron are the sankal or chain, badgi or staff, sikara, (barbed chain), kanta, chitkuli (musical instrument), gujari or wrist ornament, chhuri or knife, and kuchari or axe. Weapons carried by deities --- the trishul or trident, the bhala or lance, and the barchhi or double sword --- are also made by the craftsmen of this region.

Street Address124, Somdutt Chambers - II, Bhikaji Cama Place

CityNew Delhi


Name of InstitutionRARA Foundation (Rural And Remote Artisans)

Phone+91 - 11 - 32099000, 981157647



Type of ActivitySupport Institution

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