Activities · New Members

Welcome to new member : Jaipur Rugs

Jaipur Rugs Company Pvt Ltd FTFI would like to welcome its new member-Jaipur Rugs for becoming a part of FTFI family. Jaipur Rugs is based in Jaipur, has a network of over 40,000 skilled artisans in rural India. They have linked the grassroots to the most elite and luxurious icons of the world. The business model… Continue reading Welcome to new member : Jaipur Rugs

Activities · Exhibitions

Participation in India Trend Fair in Tokyo: Arawali Exports

Arawali Exports added one more international fair in its list by participating in the India Trend Fair in Tokyo Japan. Arawali Exports, based in Rajasthan, is one of the leading manufacturers and exporter of embroidered handblock printed cotton, powerloom madeups. Arawali was also invited to participate in the exhibition and provided the opportunity to showcase… Continue reading Participation in India Trend Fair in Tokyo: Arawali Exports


Exposure visit for the artisans

Rajasthan: Sadhna handicrafts organized an exposure tour for the block printing artisans to see the Chapai unit at Akola village. The purpose of the visit was to make the artisans learn about block prints, techniques used in block printing and colour fixing, while preparing products like duppattas, bed covers, saris etc. Akola is a hub… Continue reading Exposure visit for the artisans


SETU’s literacy centre helping underprivileged women in getting jobs

Rajasthan: With the objective of making underprivileged women self sustainable and spreading awareness on the importance of education, SETU has been running 2 education centres for the women, especially focusing on adult education i.e. providing education to the illiterate women in the age group of 18- 50 years. It’s been more than one year, both… Continue reading SETU’s literacy centre helping underprivileged women in getting jobs


Workshop for the differently able people to make them self-dependent

SETU believes in self sustainable growth of the artisan community and provides self employment opportunities to the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society.
Handmade products have a large potential, requires less investment and offers infinite self employment as well as job opportunities. Special needs people with disabilities and persons with weak mental strength can also create handmade products beautifully and can support themselves & their families financially.

With this objective of promoting employment avenues for the differently-abled, a week-long workshop on soy candle making was organised by SETU, starting from 23rd November 2015. The workshop was organized at our partner NGO called Very Special Arts India, Delhi. VSAI is a non-profit organization working with the disabled and underprivileged young population of India.
Since soy candles are less harmful for the environment and the producers and users, as compared to petroleum wax, therefore this needs to be promoted more and more.


An introduction to the environment friendly soy candles was given. Comparisons were shown between the normal wax candles and soy wax candles and also the advantages of using the latter were discussed in detail. The staff members of VSAI too participated in the workshop making it easier for the participants to understand the candle making process. Candles with different designs and textures were made in the workshop. Use of natural aromatic agents and fruits & flowers for beauty & aroma were also shown. Expert trainers were hired to conduct the workshop.


Soy wax is an eco-friendly was, made from soya bean residues. The innovative concept of soy candle making was taken positively by the participants and they felt overwhelmed to be a part of the workshop. The session provided a great learning opportunity to the participants as they can make candles using different types of containers, fragrances and colors and sell them in the market as they have a no. of USPs over traditional wax candles.


Women Artisan Reward Ceremony

Gramin Vikas Chetna Sansthan organized a ‘Women Artisan Reward Ceremony’ on 08th November, 2015 at GVCS Campus, Barmer in the sate Rajasthan. With a purpose to motivate the women artisans to be more skilled this program was held to honour the women of Thar Desert who are preserving the art and culture of the Desert with their skills.

Barmer District Collector Shri Sudhir Sharma, Deputy Director Department of Women and Child Development Smt Sati Chaudhary, Department of Women’s Empowerment program officer Sh Ashok Goyal and other guests along with female artisans from GVCS participated in the program.

Gramin Vikas Chetna Sansthan

Mrs Rooma Devi, President of GVCS was present on the occasion and interacted with the artisans along with other invitees.

“The women of this area face a lot of trouble to work and live a life with many restrictions, mainly ‘pardah system’. Not every family gives the permission to women to out and work. We always need to support women and motivate them to work for their better future and utilize their own skills. These women make very beautiful bed covers, cushion and pillow covers, curtains, bags, wall hanging etc with their hands,” said Smt Rooma Devi, President of the organization.  In the program the products made by women artisans were displayed and used for the decorating and beautifying the venue too to promote and to highlight their talent.