The Covid pandemic fails to hinder the success of women artisans in Kashi. Varanasi News – Times of India

Varanasi: The covid The pandemic brought the entire world to a standstill affecting almost every industry and commercial sector, but it failed to stop people’s nimble fingers. Kashi Make the girls attractive pink enamel artworks and beautiful zardozi crafts.
These girls have not only skilled themselves in these male dominated crafts but are also supporting their families financially. When most commercial activities remained closed, these girls successfully completed orders worth lakhs of rupees during the second phase of the pandemic without violating the COVID-19 protocol.
A group of 15 girls and women were seen engaged in pink colored enameling (pink meenakari) in Lalghat Gaighat locality. These girls including Shalini Yadav, Anju Seth, Kajal Yadav, Roshni Verma and others have been trained by National Merit Award winners and expert in pink enamelling. Tarun Kumar Under the Kashika project of Human Welfare Association supported by Titan under Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.
One of these girls, Shalini Yadav, had also performed this art live in front of the Prime Minister. Narendra Modi During his visit to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hastkala Sankul in Bada Lalpur in February 2019.
Earlier, master trainer Tarun Kumar also got a chance to perform art in front of the President of France. Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude during their visit to Varanasi in March 2018. was with them PM Modi. The French First Lady was presented a pair of beautiful pink ‘Jhumkas’ on the occasion.
Pink Meenakari is a Geographical Indication (GI) tagged art of Varanasi. GI specialist Dr Rajni Kant HWA Said that enamel or enameling is the art of decorating a metal surface by mixing minerals. It was introduced in India by the Mughals. This art was flourishing till about a hundred years ago. “Normally, the art of pink enamel is mostly done by male artisans, but these girls broke the male dominance in this art,” said Kant, who took three years of training as part of the project. Even during the pandemic, he fulfilled orders worth several lakhs.
Similarly, another group of 15 women artisans under the guidance of master trainer Shadab Alam at Chandrapur in Lohata area also skilled themselves in zardozi craft on fine silk, organza and khadi fabrics. Two of them, Tarannum and Afsana, also caught the attention of the French President during their display of a handmade emblem of the French flag. Macron appreciated his work and expressed happiness by shaking hands with him.
Kant said that there is a lot of potential for handicrafts in this area, which is now attracting women artisans as well. According to him in the East UP About 1.5 million people are involved in the handicrafts and weaving sector. About 26 percent of handicraft goods come from UP, which is the highest in the country.


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