Help Rural Phulkari Artisans Save A Dying Craft

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Virsā is a compassionate social enterprise commited to helping Rural Women Phulkari Artisans & their traditional Handicraft - "Phulkari". Due to the advent of Machine-Made Embroidery, these Artisans & their livelihood is at significant risk. Phulkari is not just a source of income for them, it's also central to the cultural heritage of South Asia. Some tapestries can take anywhere from 2 months to Several years to Embroider!

Virsā actively works with 45 such Rural Artisans spread across villages in the Patiala-Nabha region of Punjab, India. We aim to (1) Revive the dying craft of Phulkari (2) Enable and Empower our Phulkari Artisans to get a Fair Value for their hard work (3) Create a Sustainable, Profit Sharing Community-based Approach

Specific Objectives of this Virsā-Milaap Fundraiser:
1. Help Phulkari Artisans purchase better quality Thread, Cloth, Stencils, Wooden Embroidery Frames and Needles to practice their craft more efficiently and effectively
2. Every work has its occupational hazards. Phulkari Artisans suffer from increasingly diminished vision due to minute needlework and poor lighting conditions in the Villages. Funds raised will be used to set up Vision Check-up Camps and provide Optometrist support to the Artisans. Similarly, another common hazard is Spondylitis and Musculoskeletal issues of the Back.

Fundraising Timeline: October 15

To know more about Virsā, it's Founders and its Activities - please visit us @ www.virsā.com. If you would like to support our efforts OR visit our Artisans, please write to us: virsa2017@gmail.com.

Virsā Support Plan for the Phulkari Artisans
Virsā Support Plan for the Phulkari Artisans

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$656
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Beneficiary: Rural Phulkari ... info_outline

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Anonymous donated $20
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Kulwinder donated $100

Very good cause.

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Ritz donated $50
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Dr. Naresh donated Rs.1,000
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Anonymous donated $50

What a wonderful cause

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Anonymous donated Rs.2,813.47

Compliments courtesy anonymous donors: "Very beautiful pieces. Congratulations on the exhibition". "Amazing Handicrafts". "Beautiful artwork". "Impressive collection". "Stunning, Spectacular, Superific. Incredible. Awesome". "Incredible Indian Artwork. Opened my eyes to my own culture". "I like the "chromatic vision" and the refined stitches and the color combinations!" "Today my eyes were opened to a world of beauty I did not know existed. Such wonderful