Dastkar Ranthambore

Who We Are

Dastkar Ranthambore is an initiative of Dastkar and Ranthambore Foundation to resettle communities in the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan who had lost access to wood, water, and farming lands due to the creation of Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore Foundation approached Dastkar in late 1980s to initiate income generation activities particularly among women in the area.

Where we Work

Dastkar Ranthambore evolved out of a need to rebuild the communities in Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan who had been displaced due to the creation of Ranthambore National Park for endangered tigers.

How we Work

The organization had begun work with 2 villages of Sherpur and Khilchipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeast Rajasthan. Today about 360 women from 4 villages are involved with it in the revival of local crafts that include patchwork, block printing, tie-dye, sequins work, pottery, leather, and lac bangles. The tie-dye/bandhini workers have increased from 100 at the time of inception to about 2000 today. Similarly leather workers and potters in Kundera and Shymota had become agricultural laborers before the organization intervened.

Dastkar inputs to the Ranthambore project over the years have included skills training; design; credit; product development; tailoring, cutting, and sizing workshops; costing and pricing; indigo and natural dye training; and firing and glazing techniques for potters.

Our Craftmark certifications include

  • Block Printing
  • Patchwork

What we make

  • Home: Cushions & Throws, Table, Linen
  • Accessories: Bags