Bihar Women Empowerment

Long back in time with the evolution of art and culture, the skill of storytelling has remained unhindered. With moving time and story old, the techniques of painting have witnessed strokes of perfection in the methods of twigs and fingers and brushes. The coarse surface of the fabric on which the paintings looked like they belonged has changed to be replaced by paper and portraits. And now the withered memory of folklore emerging in beautiful colours expressing the states of their mannequined tales remaining still and mid-action prevail.
So with the streaming seconds and structuring hands, the designed form of the artists’ imagination comes into being. Slowly and steadily casting away into a definition, sleeking the rough sides and smoothening the wrinkled creases. A craftsperson goes through the day by perfecting his creations and making shifts in his production all through the process coursing the image of his mind on canvas and colour progressing through the structures of his craft making amends and channelling soul into his creativity, weaving through the loops of twisted strings colouring the threads a Vibrant Violet, Rosy Red and Polished Pink there’s no stopping them.

Their crafts speak for themselves.
Traditional art of Madhubani is a global sensation. From clayed walls in the villages and rural streets of Madhubani to silk and high-end fashion, Madhubani has represented itself in many forms, serving livelihoods in many rural households. The discovery of this art form was not a very happy occurrence. During the earthquake in Bihar in the year 1934, many houses suffered massive destruction and the colonial officer of the time, William G. Archer, discovered the paintings. Which in later years lead to the discovery of this art form that practised the art of storytelling through colourful murals.

We have blended together to provide artisans of handicraft mainly women from rural areas, a platform and space where they can exhibit their exclusive talents and meet the National-International demands of handmade artefacts. To empower artisans to enhance their worth and respect in their homes and communities by increasing opportunities for them to earn a fair wage, and education and by nourishing their families so that they have a safe and fair and social space which would help them prepare for their financial future. The artists creating these outstanding products initially live in the slum areas of Bihar, India, and are trained and mentored on the job to create quality pieces. Paid fair wages, provided with financial counselling and opportunities to advance in their craft; these craft persons have the ability to pull themselves up out of poverty with dignity. As these artisans progress in their endeavours, they gain the confidence to move up in the company or, if they so desire, find the work of their desire. All products are handmade, eco-friendly, and 100% sustainable: Gramshree products are built from scratch with organic adhesives and natural paints are non-toxic, locally sourced and organic.

This art form goes beyond the walls of our homes it indulges in the traditional and cultural folklore from generations before. Every purchase would mean that the craftsperson with immense talent and an urge to make a livelihood has created every buy by their very hands and that they, with our support, can provide for their family; a higher quality of life, more days in school, regular meals and a respectable environment.

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