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In this project with Pidilite, we brought together the handloom and stitching units with the novelty of making fabric toys with the women artisans. Tisser India facilitated two workshops to teach fabric toys making to women artisans, in … (Read more)

The ‘Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project’ serves the purpose of bringing the marginalized communities to Maharashtra to upskill via the revival of Warli painting. The project was funded by Larsen & Turbo Infotech and implemented by UNDP … (Read more)

The Save The Children NGO came in collaboration with Tisser India to empower the women in Self-help groups for different market skills which are required to sustain their livelihood. Carried in the Bhandup district of Mumbai … (Read more)

Grassroot Rural Artisan Movement aimed at bringing the unutilized rural hands into the organized labour force of livelihood opportunities. This project was undertaken by Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSIS) where Tisser India acted as a facilitation body for market linkages, capacity building, and production … (Read more)

Tata Power Community Development Trust is key in uplifting the local community with skill intervention. Tisser India facilitated the same for fair trade and marketing and sale of products produced by women and farmers on the respective platforms. Tisser India acted as an end-to-end supporter from designing to the marketing of products … (Read more)

Mahila Arthik Vikas Maha Madal (MAVIM) Project, in a collaborative effort with Tisser India, conducted skill development training programs in tailoring in the community stitching center in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It also developed market linkage opportunities for products produced by women artisans … (Read more)

The purpose of the project is to promote and develop Kosa silk related sericulture and weaving activities in the cluster to support and improve the livelihood of the Beneficiaries engaged in Kosa silk related activities, in some form or the other by creating a … (Read more)

Samhita is a coming-of-the-age organization which does not believe in new normal but better normal with business responsibility and brand purpose.

In this collaboration Samhita came together with Tisser India to support the vulnerable … (Read more)

Project STREE aims to build the capacity of CSOs and artisans engaged in traditional handicraft through use of computer-assisted designing and fabrication of handicraft products, use of E-commerce for last-mile marketing, ensuring the digital presence and developing regional, … (Read more)

Based out of Ratnagiri and Raigad districts, large scale women entrepreneurs and SHG (Self help groups) women members depend on clay and pottery work to sustain their livelihood. Access to capacity building and working capital support is required to expand the business, enhance product quality and diversification of products, … (Read more)

With the objective of strengthening the Handicraft Supply Chain and providing greater say of the Artisans/ primary producers in the entire value chain, ‘My E-Haat’ initiative is broadly categorized into Backward Integration and Forward Linkages.  While Forward linkage will be taken care by HCL, backward, … (Read more)

CSSC believes that no strategy of economic development can hope to succeed unless it takes into account the social and cultural as well as the economic aspects of the developmental process… Read more

Fabric toys - Pidilite project

In this project with Pidilite, we brought together the handloom and stitching units with the novelty of making fabric toys with the women artisans. Tisser India facilitated two workshops to teach fabric toys making to women artisans, in order to generate a steady income in the region of Kalsar, Gujarat. 

During the course of the project, 32 women were taught a range of toys which included Sparrow, Fish, Beetle, Mouse, Goat, Cow, Elephant, Crocodile, Cow etc. This project brought in forth the factor of sustainable fabric toys in the market, which is heavily consumed by synthetic and fur toys.

WASEP - UNDP Warli Project

The ‘Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project’ serves the purpose of bringing the marginalized communities to Maharashtra to upskill via the revival of Warli painting. The project was funded by Larsen & Turbo Infotech and implemented by UNDP (United nations development Programme) and FUEL (Friends Union for Energizing Lives)

Through the course of the project, artisans were reached out in Mumbai and Thane for the purpose of skilling, training was facilitated to start their own business and a sustainable economic ecosystem was created.

As a result, we not just had a changed landscape for women in rural clusters of Aarey, Ansoli, Thane, Chunapada, Tumnipada , but an increase of income and artist mobilization of 503 women. Also, great many products in Warli painted clothes, Warli Painting, Warli Home décor etc were produced.

Save The Children Project

The Save The Children NGO came in collaboration with Tisser India to empower the women in Self-help groups for different market skills which are required to sustain their livelihood. Carried in the Bhandup district of Mumbai, it connected various production centers with entrepreneurship avenues.

During the course of the project, women were made aware of the management of Self-Help groups, taught the craft of stitching, networked into the pool of production centres and were made to stick to the commercial commitments of a unit. 

Grassroot Rural Artisan Movement (GRAM)

Grassroot Rural Artisan Movement aimed at bringing the unutilized rural hands into the organized labour force of livelihood opportunities. This project was undertaken by Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSIS) where Tisser India acted as a facilitation body for market linkages, capacity building, and production.

During the course of the program, we mobilized rural poor and vulnerable into self-managed federated institutions and support them for livelihood collectives. As a result of our joint efforts, we mobilized 252 women and trained 5 sessions cluster with women making an earning from 3k to 10k on an average, per month.

One of the biggest highlights of this project was the tech intervention with ‘Know your Product, Know your artisan’, where a QR core brings the product to life. With different art forms like Terracotta, Warli, Tussar and silk in clusters of Raigad, Ratnagiri, Palghar and Bhandara we not only trained women but gave them market exposure.

E-Uday - HCL hub and spoke project

Thematic Area: Enterprise and Employment: Setting Supply Chain between Artisan producer groups and E-Hat

Proposed Location: Nagpur Hub and Spoke Model:  Covering –Bamboo (Chandrapur ), Community stitching centre (Nagpur) Khadi (Amrawati) and Nagpur Hub Office

With the objective of strengthening the Handicraft Supply Chain and providing greater say of the Artisans/ primary producers in the entire value chain, ‘My E-Haat’ initiative is broadly categorized into Backward Integration and Forward Linkages.  While Forward linkage will be taken care by HCL, backward linkages are critical to get the right kind of product through a structured supply chain. The need of the hour is to work on the entire value chain, through the Enterprise Development Model for Creative Cluster.

There are four main aspects of this: end-to-end cluster development, raising awareness around artisan and social cause, design /  diversification intervention and digital-enabled interventions. The 3 identified cluster based out of Nagpur in hub and Spoke model . The most important aspects is productizing these art into utility products. Create responsible community artisan groups who can handle the supply chain and generate revenue in the cluster through livelihood interventions.

Stitching - Tata center and Mavim centre

Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT) is a non-profit Public Charitable Trust, a key facilitator and undertakes Community Development interventions that create and offer sustainable solutions to the diverse challenges faced by local communities in the area of Livelihood & Skill Building. With a firm belief in sustainable development of communities through participatory and result oriented approach, TPCDT introduced Dhaaga, Samriddhi & Saheli World initiatives. These initiatives helps creating livelihood opportunities to women and farmers through women SHGs & farmer collectives.

This cooperation is aimed at furthering:

  • Market linkage for products produced by women & farmers associated with Dhaaga, Samriddhi & Saheli World.
  • Promoting & preserving local businesses and art, as is envisioned by TISSER.
  • Exploring opportunities of capacity building of our women and farmer groups.

Waste to wealth - Pet Project Mandeshi Foundation and Mavim

Mahila Arthik Vikas Maha Madal (MAVIM) Project, in a collaborative effort with Tisser India, conducted skill development training programs in tailoring in the community stitching center in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It also developed market linkage opportunities for products produced by women artisans.

During the course of the project, mobilization of 50 women took place where the infrastructure, training hours and raw materials were facilitated by MAVIM. By the end of the project, women earned stipend for a skill they acquired, received certification and created products. 

Such project impacts the sustenance of women in rural communities who come from disadvantaged communities. They become empowered not just by finances but by the network, the vocational training, and more opportunities they create for themselves.

Kosala - Hindalco Project

The purpose of the project is to promote and develop Kosa silk related sericulture and weaving activities in the cluster to support and improve the livelihood of the Beneficiariesengaged in Kosa silk related activities, in some form or the other by creating a sustainable ecosystem and thereby improving the socio-economic condition

No of Beneficiaries-200

Art Form–Tussar Fabric and products from Tussar Yarn

Geography–Chhatisgarh

Revive Warli - Samhita Warli Project

Samhita is a coming-of-the-age organization which does not believe in new normal but better normal with business responsibility and brand purpose.

 In this collaboration Samhita came together with Tisser India to support the vulnerable stakeholders to recover from Covid-19 crisis. Lockdown had an impact on the business and the mobilization, production and ease of business in the heart of the covid-19 pandemic in Maharashtra. An Initiative like the innovative solution of returnable grant for social change secures the change we want to bring in sustaining livelihood of rural communities. 

Commencing in 2021, this project aims at building resilience of stakeholders like suppliers, retailers, contract workers, producers and employees, strengthen the supply chain and address the livelihood crisis.

Revive pottery - Samhita pottery project

Based out of Ratnagiri and Raigad districts, large scale women entrepreneurs and SHG (Self help groups) women members depend on clay and pottery work to sustain their livelihood. Access to capacity building and working capital support is required to expand the business, enhance product quality and diversification of products.

 The objective is to train the women artisans from peri-urban communities to match the growing demand of diverse work orders and make the products which appeals to the consciousness of the urban customer. Investment in their skill building and asset/equipment purchase is also an important area of intervention to ensure that women entrepreneurs are well equipped to process the order as per the quality standards and in a timely manner.

 Objective of the project To support close to 400 women artisans associated with TISSER ARTISANS TRUST under the “REVIVE- Returnable Grant program for Pottery and Clay Cluster women cohort”.

Stree- Fairtrade

Project STREE aims to build the capacity of CSOs and artisans engaged in traditional handicraft through use of computer-assisted designing and fabrication of handicraft products, use of E-commerce for last-mile marketing, ensuring the digital presence and developing regional, national and international public-private partnership. Women leaders/artisans with exceptional skills and leadership traits will be given the opportunity to participate in national and international forums and Trade Fairs. They will be part of advocacy groups and force at the national level and will advocate for traditional handicrafts and pro-artisans policies at state and national level and policy papers and case stories developed out of the efforts of these CSOs and Artisans would be published and disseminated across the globe including WFTO member network in 70 plus countries.

Fair Trade Forum India, under Project-STREE, facilitates a multi-actor partnership by leveraging on its network and existing collaboration. Institutions such as the Indian Institute of Craft and Design (IICD), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID) and M S University will provide design inputs through internships backed by in-house experts.

Collaboration with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Ministry of Textiles, along with their state-level directorates, will ensure participation and give opportunities to CSOs and women artisans to participate in national, state and regional trade fairs along with improved access to market and social security schemes like old age pension and artisan credit cards and financial access through Mudra Scheme. Collaboration with the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) ensures marketing and information facilities to promote, support, protect and increase the export of handicraft for the women artisans.

Enterprise Development at CSSC

CSSC believes that no strategy of economic development can hope to succeed unless it takes into account the social and cultural as well as the economic aspects of the developmental process. Such an approach would involve not only economists, sociologists, educationists, political scientists, psychologists and administrators, but also grass root level workers, each of whom would be aware that his/her contribution, though indispensable, is only one element in the total solution. There was thus a need for an organization with wider perspective, involving various specialists and workers.

Market Led Support

Designer support from a dedicated team.
• High end cataloging and marketing material designing and printing.
• Induction of products in Tisser marketing channels (online /offline) and institutional partnerships.
• Sales and marketing support with fixed orders on the products.
• Induction of products on web portal in varied online channels
• Photography support of all products – creative , interactive and simple for social media and joint brand creation

Key Steps:

Baseline / mobilizing Women from communities (initially from H/E Ward of MCGM)
• Skilling in Batches (Women/ SHGs)
• Setting the entrepreneurship center for tools and machines
• Product and Samples making
• Entrepreneurship skilling/ training
• Brand creation and marketing material
• Cataloging and Marketing
• Sales and orders
• Production and supply chain setting