Madhya Pradesh-based tribal women saw major success in the fashion industry with their work.
25-year-old Sita Vasuniya's photograph, draped in her hand-printed beige and golden Maheshwari silk sari, got picked up by Vogue Italia’s digital edition on March 29.
20-year-old microbiology student Kiran Davre is considering modeling assignments in Mumbai, after her photographs, in a bright yellow sari hand printed by her, earned appreciation.
Just like Kiran and Sita, several other tribal women are scripting their own stories of economic and social independence.
They were taken in by the district administration to provide sustainable livelihood to women under Madhya Pradesh’s Ek Jila, Ek Utpad Scheme.
Group was trained in the traditional handicraft, tied up with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and Nation Institute of Design (NID).
Gurudutt Kathe, the local handicraft artist, was roped in to train the women in threadwork and hand painting, print the wooden blocks on delicate fabric, experimenting with various forms.