Some women Toy maker in Jharkhand have turned to traditional arts that help them enter the local market. Shobha Kumari leads the pack and these women are learning to use sawdust, earth, clothing and other items that do not need to highlight the state-specific culture but form an important part of traditional Indian toy making, according to The New Indian Express.
Shobha learned how to make toys about 12 years ago. This was during her stay in Kota, Rajasthan.
Started as a hobby
“It started as a hobby, but has gradually developed into a passion. I now have over 35 women who earn at least 8,000 rupees a month selling handmade toys, ”she said.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ has kept us going,” she added.
“We have regular customers and we sell our products through regular exhibitions at various trade fairs,” she said.
“I started on my own, but as I continued I saw many other women who showed interest in the work. I trained some of them who live in our neighborhood. Our group now includes more than 35 women who are involved in making handmade toys, ”she continued.
Orders come from government and private organizations.
Phoolmani Kacchap, another member of the group, has been working with Shobha for 8 years. She sews clothes for the dolls.
These women have learned to be independent and not burden their families. This toy story is one of women empowerment.
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