Artisan initiative and participation continue to be the pillars of Kala
Raksha's work. Artisan Design Committees create exquisite contemporary
work based in their traditions. Artisan Pricing Committees establish
fair wages. Finally, artisans participate in sale of their work, linking
them directly to their market.
Kala Raksha produces some of the most exquisitely hand embroidered and
patch worked products made in Kutch. Using only natural fibers and
wherever possible natural dyes, the Trust makes a wide range of
garments, accessories and home furnishings.
Income generation is the beginning of comprehensive development. Kala
Raksha artisans also attend integrated Preventive Health Care and Basic
Education Programs. In 2005, our education initiative blossomed into
Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first institution of design for traditional
artisans, and in 2010, we launched the trademark Artisan Design.
Honoree of the 2001 International Responsible Tourism Showcase, Kala
Raksha Centre is located in Sumrasar Sheikh, 25 km north of Bhuj. Here,
the museum, production unit, shop and guest house inhabit structures that adapt traditional architecture to contemporary function.
A model for community development, the Centre is locally managed and
operates with solar power.
What Kala Raksha preserves is the essence of art. Traditions are
preserved when they flourish.
KALA RAKSHA products are sold through shops at our Center in Sumrasar,
Hotel Ilark in Bhuj,
in Dasada. See our products
page for more information.