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महिला शक्ति प्रतिष्ठान
Mahila Shakti Pratishthan
A NGO BY WOMEM, OF WOMEN AND FOR WOMEN
 
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Terracotta PotteryThe rich craft heritage of India is unique and diverse as its customs and traditions. Each part of the country has its own unique cultural ethos, which is manifested in the handicrafts of that particular region. Indian crafts and handicraft traditions are influenced by local topography, climate, and socio-religious factors. These craft traditions have withstood the ravages of time and numerous foreign invasions and continue to flourish till date owing to the assimilative nature of Indian culture and broadmindedness of the craftsmen to accept and use new ideas.

The rich craft heritage of India is unique and diverse as its customs and traditions. Each part of the country has its own unique cultural ethos, which is manifested in the handicrafts of that particular region. Indian crafts and handicraft traditions are influenced by local topography, climate, and socio-religious factors. These craft traditions have withstood the ravages of time and numerous foreign invasions and continue to flourish till date owing to the assimilative nature of Indian culture and broadmindedness of the craftsmen to accept and use new ideas.

A region as large and diverse as Maharashtra in terms of culture, customs and geography is bound to develop rich repertoire of art and techniques of artistic crafts. Maharashtra is the proud home to various different artistic techniques, which have flourished under the many rulers including the Marathas, the Mughals and the British. From the paintings at Ajanta, so many hundreds of years ago, to today's Warli paintings, Maharashtra's ties with the Arts have always remained strong and nurturing.

Mahila Shakti Pratishthan is a registered Society and Trust, a not for profit Non Government Organization from Pune, Maharashtra,India.

The main objectives of the Society are to assist and train artists, jewellers and crafts persons to improve techniques and absorb new ideas, develop contemporary designs, and attain international standards of excellence. . The Society will also work to secure improvement in indigenous materials, kilns, colours, and implements used by and useful to artists. Through workshops it will become a resource centre: not only can people learn the craft and about the craft through the Society; they can also learn to teach others. And as

a resource centre it proposes to have a library where books, magazines, and international publications on the subject will be made available.

Activities

  1. Organize Artisan Self-help groups.
  2. Encourage economic activity through a collective mode by creating integrated linkages.
  3. Provide easy access to domestic and overseas market through exhibitions.
  4. Upgrade skills through appropriate design and technological intervention.
  5. Improving quality of production and productivity to increase market share.
  6. Involve all members in marketing process for production, business and income.
  7. Set up cultural home / museum.
  8. Supply of Raw material for making craft.

  

Special Schemes

  1. Identification of Tribal Crafts and Art Objects having a linkage with the cultural heritage of Tribal Communities of Maharashtra.
  2. Systematic and scientific documentation of indigenous Tribal Crafts.
  3. Location of traditional Tribal Craft groups and identification of skilled Tribal Artisans.
  4. Design development in Tribal Crafts and Art Objects.
  5. Skill up gradation of Tribal Craft Persons.
  6. Employment guarantee program for Tribal Women from SHG groups in craft production.
  7. Provision of marketing facilities for the Tribal Artisan.
  8. Entrepreneurship training to the Tribal Craft Persons.
  9. Organization of sales centers in the important cities of the country.

10.Creation of export market for promotion of Tribal Craft and Art


Comprising artisans, community members, and experts in the fields of art like Mr. Pramod Asurlekar, Mahila Shakti Pratishthan Trust works hand in hand with traditional women from various SHG groups.

A grassroots social enterprise, Mahila Shakti Pratishthan, Pune encourages local participation in each phase of its work. Production begins with the highly developed craft traditions and is maintained at a village scale. Believing that true development grows from self determination, the Trust exposes artisans to the entire process of design, production and marketing and encourages them to participate at all stages.

Focus of work

1. Stone Carving Items.

2. Jari and Patchwork.

3. Soft Toys.

4. Dari and Carpets.

5. Leather Goods.

6. Jute Goods.

7. Pottery.

8. Paintings.

9. Sewing.

Exhibitions

Mahila Shakti Pratishthan organized many exhibitions in the areas of Pune and aroud and so also in various cities of Maharashtra like Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Aurangabad, Nasik, Goa etc.


FUTURE PLANS

Marketing Events:
a) Holding of National Handicrafts expos.

b) Holding of Crafts Bazars

c) Holding of Exhibitions

Marketing Infrastructure:
a) Setting up of Urban Haat/Crafts specific Haat/Local Haats.

b) Opening of new emporia/ renovation/expansion of existing Emporia

c) Setting up of Craft Development Centres.

Marketing Services:
a) Holding of Marketing Workshops at National/State/Local Levels programme.

b) Entrepreneurship Development.

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