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Jewellery route to success

Tribal jewellery for the modern woman is what 16 artisans of Nagri village have learnt to make, thus ensuring a secure future for themselves.

The 16 women, residents of the village barely 15km away from the capital in Kanke block, are now looking forward to give vent to their creativity to shape necklaces, pendants, anklets and earrings out of dokra to suit contemporary tastes. And helping them market their product would be Jharcraft and Trifed through their stores.

After successfully completing a 45-day training programme in jewellery making on Wednesday, the artisans looked a confident lot. The training programme that started on January 5 was organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan in collaboration with Trifed.

Under the guidance of Calcutta-based master trainers Ashish Kumar and Ashok Karmakar, the tribal women, who are otherwise engaged in agriculture and work as daily wage labourers, picked up the finer nuances of jewellery making.

Jyoti Tirkey (25) could not conceal her happiness. “Humlog bahut khush hain. We want to leave our old profession and earn by designing jewellery,” Tirkey said.

Equally enthusiastic was Sonia Tirkey (25) who said the training programme had brought new hope. “Due to lack of resources we were unable to acquire training in jewellery making which we always wanted to do. This opportunity has changed our lives as now we can look forward to pursue this and earn some money,” she said.

The trainers admitted that it was initially tough to train the women as they were illiterate and had almost no idea about jewellery making.

Meanwhile, Jharcraft managing director Dhirendra Kumar who was also present on the occasion promised to provide all required support and market linkage to these tribal artisans.