Support a new batch of students at The Handloom School

In today’s world, business practices have changed dramatically. Yet young weavers have no opportunity to advance their personal technical, business and design skills because they are trapped in a cycle of dependency and low literacy. More than 4 million people are employed today in India’s handloom weaving sector, yet there are very few academic institutions that guide and train traditional weavers for today’s new business needs.

The Handloom School provides young weavers with specialized education that bridges the gap between traditional skills and new competencies. Our plan is to implement a model of learning that is global, scalable and designed specifically for handloom students. In this way, entrepreneurial education becomes a catalyst for change.

By fostering a new generation of young weavers and developing their ability to operate in the global market, The Handloom School will not only preserve and transform the art of handloom but also empower weaving communities to improve and sustain their future and livelihood.
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12th May 2017
Dear Supporters,

We sincerely like to thank each and every one of you for your overwhelming support. Your generous contribution has played an instrumental role not only in empowering weaving communities but also in shaping the lives of several students by helping them polish their talents and take it forward to higher levels.

We got in touch with Sourodip Ghosh, the Executive Director at The Handloom School and collected an update on the fourth batch of students at THS for whom the session began in June 2016.

The young weavers gained expertise by engaging in weaving technique classes, colour interaction practical class, production management, and engineered garment session. THS organized a talk with Ms. Purnima Rai, Craft Council, who shared her experience about market linkages and encouraged students to look beyond the local markets.

Here are a few pictures from the fourth batch, shared with us by Sourodip:

Students Dileep and Farhan

Students Gulshan and Raju

Students attending English class

Visit by a team of Fab India 
Fab India team members interacting with the students

To further enrich their skills, they were offered internships with reputed handloom textile organizations and sellers in Delhi namely Nalli’s, EKA, and Good Earth.

During their tenure at THS, students of Batch 4 wove a collection for the Bikaner House Exhibition scheduled in the month of March, 2017 in Delhi. Also, THS along with 13 reputed designers participated in the opening show of Amazon India Fashion week 2017. Selected students from previous batches had the opportunity to walk the ramp with designers at the fashion show.

As a result of massive media coverage at the AIFW, THS received orders in bulk. Students are now engaged in weaving these orders,” says Sourodip.

All personal, capital, program and overhead costs for Batch 4 were borne from the grant received from Tata Trusts. However, for the upcoming batches the Trust will not be providing funds for the program costs including stipends of students. Hence, your funds will be utilized for the upcoming sixth batch, which will commence in June.

Thank you for your support! We will keep you updated.
Team Milaap

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