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

We had begun work with 2 villages of Sherpur and Khilchipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeast Rajasthan. 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 etc. Today women from more than 6 villages are involved with it in the revival of local crafts that include patchwork, block printing and recycled fabric craft. Dastakar, introduced the craft of recycled fabric in 2008, when we discovered the local skill of making braided ropes from scrap fabrics. Through engaging professional designers and intensive skills training ,we developed a range of colorful toys and products . Similarly we have developed a new range of designs for patchwork and block printing. With an emphasis on exports, we collaborate with designer based overseas too. We sell through B2B trade channels, select exhibitions and their own retail outlets in Sawai Madhopur as well as others’ across India. We have also setup an Effluent Treatment Plant and solar power generators, as a step towards environment friendly production practices.

Our Craftmark certifications include

  • Block Printing
  • Patchwork
  • Recycled fabric craft

What we make

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