About Tisser

TISSER TRUST

Objectives

Create a fund from Tisser profits, from CSR and from Grants to strengthen Tisser network  artisans, weavers inspired by Indian traditional art

    1. Help the artisans to generate livelihood through end to end support from Tisser Trust.
    2. Create and build the artisans clusters from tourism perspective to promote the art and the artisans.
    1. Training them in design and quality techniques so they create products, which can compete in today’s markets.
    2. Creating a quality process for each type of handmade item. Such a process then will be used as a for reference tool/standard by all artists, which will ensure uniformity of quality and replication.
    3. Helping them reach a stage where they can function independently, with minimal support from Tisser
    4. Help to create a support infrastructure for the artisans, so they can escape loan and interest traps through networking and CSR funds.
    5. Integrate the small producers into the value chain by developing inclusive value chains and facilitate access to mainstream markets in which the poor are able to participate effectively through Tisser interventions.
    6. Support the girl child education, focus on the weaker section girls who require support.
    7. Document different handicrafts and weaving processes existing in rural india and create repository.

Socially, craftspeople and artisans come from some of the most disadvantaged communities, with very little opportunities for self development and growth.  The Tisser Artisan trust is formed to help the artisans  to generate livelihood. The trust will train them in design and quality techniques so they create products and support the family.

Mostly the artisans with whom trust works are women from vulnerable section and communities. The women are not able to support the family and the needs in terms of children food, health and  education due to extreme poverty levels . They do have some skills in art forms but cannot take this ahead with some support and improved knowledge.

Tisser identifies the art form and then support the women and men artisans in skill building. This activity ensures that the art form they are making gets better livelihood opportunity to them and they are able to support the family in an improved manner.

Tisser will seek grant and CSR funds from agencies who work for artisans and provide this interface of linking them with skill and products.

Tisser trust is working in multiple clusters and have impacted lives above 500 women in varies states.

India accounts for 60% of loomage in the world. We have dedicated clusters producing hand-woven fabric or handprinted art .These handmade products are replaced by other similar technologically advanced products as a result of the presence and  livelihoods of the rural artisans have drastically reduced. This sector has maximum suicide  after farmer.

To add to their misery their products are not given fair pricing by the middlemen. Moreover many artisans have stopped producing their art and getting involved in other alternative livelihoods like washing utensils and other hard work as labour .

This segment is highly  disorganised, lack finance and proper skills to make good products that will fetch them prices . Tisser will work with the artisan on regular basis to will create sustainable livelihoods to the artisans and her or her family.