This initiative endeavours to develop a specialized digital content creation and development programme in Chanderi covering each and every aspect of Chanderi’s ecosystem by digitizing Chanderi’s historical and socio – cultural fabric, leading to the creation of a comprehensive community portal. This is linked to the larger paradigm of Community based tourism and its promotion through digital means using audio-video tools. The concept of community based tourism is steadily gaining increasing relevance. It supports and promotes the activities of particular communities engaged in traditional occupations. It links the communities with tourism by the creation of eco – friendly centers, have in house accommodation facilities for tourists. The tourists can therefore observe the culture and tradition of local communities in their own habitat. The intervention of ICT has truly revolutionized this concept by the creation of digitized community portals. The Chanderi local community portal will th
“Currently I am weaving for Chanderiyaan and am able to save more than Rs. 5,000 monthly. This has really helped me paying my housing rent. Moreover, the idle sittings due to unavailability of raw materials or design aren’t there. This leads to an efficient working environment and effective weaving.”
……But the scenario wasn’t the same in past! Wasim’s association with Chanderiyaan is only anyear long and he, too, has gone through numerous ups and downs before Chanderiyaan happened. Before Chanderiyaan, Wasim used to weave in his home with neither adequate space, nor suitable working conditions. Moreover, constant delays in designs and raw materials contributed significantly in Wasim’s trouble. Unable to pay his home rent, and incurring a continuous loss of Rs. 400-500 per month, Wasim was not at all satisfied with his working condition. It was a similar day in Wasim’s life, wh
In 2008, a survey by Digital Empowerment Foundation on instigation of JyotiradityaScindia threw up distressing facts including weavers were being treated as labourers and earned a pittance; a few businessmen controlled the market; there wasn’t much demand for the products in the market and the youngsters were migrating to cities. This survey embarked the movement of digital empowerment in the town of weaves, and Chanderiyaan was born to establish a new Digital Village Chanderi. Chanderiyaan envisioned the digitization of Chanderi processes through active training and subsequent employability. This resulted in the launch of a design center to speed up the designing processes while retaining the traditional looms. Chanderiyaan customized the CAD CAM software and trained 20 weavers in using the software. Of these, three to four weavers were selected to train a further 100 weavers. Simultaneously, a design library was created with 10,000 traditional designs, some retriev
Chanderiyaan believes in an overall development of the communities of Chanderi, envisioning an all round growth encompassing skill development, financial sustainability, and benefit of local community. Considering these factors as a fundamental to any Chanderiyaan initiative, the organization launched its section of Block Printing in Chanderi (Raj Mahal). Presently, Jaipur is the renowned hub of block printing across the nation, and a handsome business in Jaipur also comes through Chanderisarees. The master weavers of Chanderi also send 2000-2500 sarees to Jaipur for block printing every month. The process involved a financial transaction of 4-5 Lakhs, but no weaver was able to procure its sarees back before 1.5-2 months. This cumbersome and time taking process led to a significant losses in Chanderisarees business due to timely unavailability of the sarees. This concern emerged profoundly during Chanderiyaan’s initial survey and laid the foundation to initiate block printing in Chande
Meet Rahul. He has just completed his education and has been associated with Chanderiyaan since its beginning. Our family member Farooqh interacted with him on his experience with Chanderiyaan! Where were you engaged before coming in contact with Chanderiyaan? Share with us your dreams and aspirations? I was a student that time and had a passion to learn computers with a vision to excel in computer education with a dream of working in the field of computers only. How did you get to know about Chanderiyaan, and what did you learn from the organization? Chanderiyaan initiated a survey before its formation, where they discussed about our interests in computer and digital education. Consequently in 2009, Chanderiyaan started its operations but due to some constraints, I was unable to participate in their computer education program that time. But then after 6 months, the organization initiated Computer designing training in Raj Mahal, Chanderi and that is when I got myself associated with C
“I used to weave at a master weaver’s place before I came in touch with Chanderiyaan. We do not have space for looms at home; hence weaving at a master weaver’s place was the only option. I also had a monthly loss of Rs. 600-800 due to unavailability of designs and raw material in time working at those places”.
This was Musir before his relative informed him about Chanderiyaan. Our search for weavers who did not have looms at home got us to Musir, who joined Chanderiyaan in June 2013. The association brought a significant upliftment in Musir’s life with escalated financial status, and elevated weaving skills.
“I managed to build my own home and now have a good savings because of timely payments and efficient process of designing and raw materials.”
Currently, Musir is one of our prime weavers whose passion and utmost dedication for his work brings out the best from him and the same is reflected on his creations that personifies your style. Musir wishes to learn comp
Sonu is among those few Chanderiyaan weavers who works with a vision for progressiveness and advancement of weavers’ community in Chanderi. But the situation was not so bright a few years back… Weaving for a master weaver on daily wages, Sonu was hugely disturbed with his regular life struggles. Untimely designs and raw materials only added to his misery. Sonu had to carry an everyday loss of Rs. 50-60 because of it and moreover there wasn’t anything new to learn or hone his weaving skills, all because of the monotonous designs he was weaving every day. This would have continued if one of his friend’s and a weaver of Chanderiyaan, Naresh, had not informed him about Chanderiyaan, and the opportunity for weavers to come and weave in Raj Mahal. Thiswas offered to those weavers who did not have a loom in their homes. Sonurealised his opportunity for a better life with Chanderiyaan, since he did not have a loom at home, accepted the work and started weaving for Chanderiyaan. “It has bee
“Weaving is not just a work opportunity for me. It’s our ancestral art form and my Life”
Rahul was a not born a weaver. He used to work as a helper in a local shop that sells ChanderiSarees. He never thought of becoming a weaver and would have stayed a helper, had his uncle not informed him about Chanderiyaan. Rahul has learnt the art of weaving and the technical skills at Chanderiyaan. He used to initially accompany his uncle to the centre, and gradually became a weaver himself. He feels proud that weaving for him resulted in not only a better employment opportunity, but has also changed the world around him.
“I still cannot believe that in my past 2-2.5 years of life, I managed to own a television set and a mobile phone.”
Rahul now dreams of installing a couple of looms in his own home so as to weave more conveniently and efficiently.
“Weaving is not just a work opportunity for me. It’s our ancestral art form and my Life”
Najeeb has been associated with Chanderiyaan from 2011 and is one of the highly skilled weavers in the Chanderiyaan family. Before Chanderiyaan, Najeeb used to weave on a loom installed in his own home. His sister too became a skilled weaver, and he shifted to Chanderiyaan to make it convenient for his sister to weave at home. In his association with Chanderiyaan, Najeeb has learnt various new techniques and weft on a Jacquard loom for the very first time. His newly acquired skills have given him a sudden escalation financially, and his dedication towards his work resulted in some magnificent Chanderiyaansarees of all time.
“Currently I am weaving for Chanderiyaan and am able to save more than Rs. 5,000 monthly. This has really helped me in paying my house rent. Moreover, the idle sittings due to unavailability of raw materials or design aren’t there. This leads to an efficient working environment and effective weaving.”
……But the scenario wasn’t the same in past!
Before Chanderiyaan, Wasim used to weave in his home with neither adequate space, nor suitable working conditions. Moreover, constant delays in designs and raw materials contributed significantly in Wasim’s trouble. Unable to pay his home rent, and incurring a continuous loss of Rs. 400-500 per month, Wasim was not at all satisfied with his working condition. It was a similar day in Wasim’s life, when suddenly RizwanaBano, a member of the Tamanna SHG in Chanderiyaan informed Wasim about an opportunity for weavers such as him to weave for Chanderiyaan, and this proved to be the turning point in Wasim’s life. Now, he is able to pa