beginning: District -Chamoli Uttarakhand
Chamoli district situated in the mid Himalayas is home to the
Rudia Community. The Rudia's who find their place quit low in
the social hierarchy have since ages providing the community wit
daily house hold utility items made out of hill bamboo locally
called as Ringal. they make cradles for carrying agriculture produce,
cow dung etc. The craft despite having the potential was brought
to limited use. With the coming of plastic and other cheap material
the fate of more than 12000 artisans were left at the cross roads.
In order to revive the craft and most of all to bring back the
pride the ringal artisan.
The call to find a solution to counter this situation led to
the formation of a federation of Artisans of Chamoli district
in the year 2000, in the formative years the federation started
with only three groups by the year 2002 when the federation was
formally registered it has a 38groups consisting of more than
270 people, as the work of the federation is expanding new groups
are being developed and included in the federation.
The Journey so far Revival of the Ringal Crafts
The neglect of the traditional raft and the limited use that
it was put to have gradually depleted the craft, a gradual but
steady decline in the work force engaged in the craft further
worsened the situation. Efforts were required to bring back the
pride of being a ringal artisan. The situation demanded improving
the quality of products and also assuring a constant demand of
the product to keep the artisans engaged in a profitable venture.
To insure this effort were made in different directions, design
development workshops were conducted to develop market friendly
product line, R&D efforts were made to streamline the production
line and to reduce the time in the labor intensive part of the
production, and liasoning were established with the market channels
on the famous Badrinath-Yatra-Route for marketing of the products.
The efforts put in started yielding results and orders started
coming in, more and more artisans groups were engaged in the process.