Empowering the Women of Chandelao
October 15, 2011 • Photography & Travel
Just outside Chandelao Garh, the now boutique hotel which was once the residence of the former rulers of this region, is Sunder Rang. Sunder Rang is an Arts and Craft center set up to help empower the local village women. Here they create a variety of traditional Rajasthani arts and crafts which are then sold locally and abroad helping these women and their families financially.
The following text was adopted from the Chandelao website on Sunder Rang.Rajasthan is a region famous for its diversity and richness in arts and craft, for example embroidery, pottery, block printing and weaving. These artesans are in competition with modern and industrial products and the designs do not in many cases live up to what the market requires. Therefore many artisans can’t live on their profession and stop practicing the traditional crafts. In some cases the knowledge is about to disappear.
Our aim is to maintain and support the local craft skills and develop high quality products with unique Rajasthani designs, thus create a sustainable source of income for the women in Chandelao village.
Sunder Rang means beautiful colours and to us that name symbolizes the colourful clothes of the women and the bright turbans of the men but also the richness in culture, crafts, nature and hospitality you find in Rajasthan.
At Sunder Rang we will work with the traditional craft techniques. The project has started with the textile section; embroidery, tailoring and weaving. We will in the future expand our project with the other crafts.
To read more about the types of arts and crafts that they create visit the Sunder Rang site.
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