Physically Challenged Textile Printers

  • This artisan group in North India, employs individuals with physical disabilities. The artisans are provided with medical care and are given a choice of crafts in which to be individually trained to best utilize their abilities, including block printing.
    The group is part of a non-profit organization, working as a center for the rehabilitation of physically challenged individuals, who face extreme discrimination. The aim of the organization is to support the integration of these individuals into mainstream society by being advocates of literacy and eradicating poverty amongst the affected individuals.
  • Sustainability & Fair Trade
    • Hand block printed
    • Organic cotton
    • Water-based inks
    • Reusable – machine washable
    • Fair, steady income
    • Employs economically disadvantaged, physically disabled individuals
    • The management is made up of elected members of the artisan community
    • Access to micro finance and subsidized loans
    • Housing assistance in the form of free water and electricity is provided
    • Medical assistance
    • Pension for the elderly disabled artisans
  • Employment based training programs (of their choice) are given special emphasis here so as to make the special-need individuals more confident and financially self-reliant. There are arrangements in place to provide free education to artisan children, within the artisan community. Apart from this, children go to regular schools and colleges to receive higher education along with children of main stream society. This helps them integrate with children from mainstream society. The poorest women receive vocational training and are free to start their own businesses from home.

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