SANDUR KUSHALA KALA
Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra (SKKK) was set up by SMIORE in 1984 to revive the traditional crafts of the area and improve the quality of life of craftswomen by encouraging and developing their skills and marketing the products thus ensuring regular income to its artisans. SKKK was given an independent status in 1988 when it was registered as a Society under Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960. It is the craftsperson, rather than the craft, that is the focal point of the Kendra. It believes that the renaissance of Arts and Crafts can be brought about only by encouraging, training, and compensating the craftspeople fairly.
The scope of SKKK also includes Khadi activities to assist the economically weaker sections of the society in the region. SKKK has evolved over the years and gained recognition for the lambani craft, both nationally and internationally. It has received the prestigious UNESCO Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts in South Asia in 2004 as recognition of excellence in contemporary crafts. The Kendra is actively involved in the process of production, marketing, and other activities related to the development of the artisans concerned. Today, there are 300 craftswomen benefiting from it with an additional 100 under training. The artisans are paid regular wages as well as receive various other benefits such as subsidized ration, bonus, and provident fund.
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