Our Methodology

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Please read through our process on how we develop craft clusters that eventually go on to be self sustaining enterprise businesses.

Document the micro-processes employed in producing traditional crafts.

HARVEST, CUT & BUNCH

  • Cut & bunch grass
  • Reap & sun dry it
  • Make bundles

ROPE MAKING

  • Grass is twisted by hand a makeshift cycle wheel helps in tightening the coil into a rope
  • Ropes are made into bundles

BRAID MAKING

  • Grass is hand braided
  • Rough edges are then cut-off
  • Grass is sorted according to its length

DYEING PROCESS

  • Azo-free dyes / organic dyes are used for dyeing
  • Water is boiled in earthen pots using dried leaves and twigs
  • Sabai ropes/braids are soaked in water and boil with dyes
  • They are then washed in fresh water & sun-dried in shade

Document the micro-processes employed in producing traditional crafts.

The average cash earnings of low income group household is around Rs.8,382/year, middle income group is Rs.14,710/year and high income group is Rs.23,409/year. Sabai grass is the only raw-material required to make rope. 41% households produce sabai grass in their own land or as a share crop.

A high level cross-section of the community was developed to ensure team compositions allowed for a combined growth of the whole community rather than specific individuals

After conducting a market trends analysis, storage solutions and packaging solutions was identified as a market gap that could be fulfilled by products made by sabai grass. Appropriate pricing models were developed to ensure large scale production and recurring revenue.

The following types of products were identified.

  • Eco-friendly bags for working women
  • Eco-friendly packaging solutions for the tea industry and wedding industry
  • Eco-friendly trays
  • Eco-friendly Storage solutions

Teams where then developed keeping in mind the complexity of making the product and the existing skill sets of the artisan

Some of the additional tasks performed during up-skilling workshops included.

  • Developing natural craft leaders were identified based on a pre-formatted structure created for the trainings
  • Training in costing products. Learning to utilise raw materials efficiently, reduce waste, seasonal procurement etc…
  • Digital literacy in generating purchase orders, client communication to ensure quality checks happen frequently, banking transactions.
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