Handscart Join Hands With World Merit

Handscart Join Hands with World Merit
For Tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Handscart is a social start up for the rural communities and artisans, helping them through innovative technical sustainable development model through skill development education and employment. Handscart is provider of indigenous handmade products directly from Artisans and weavers hand from all over globe to save culture and history behind products. Handscart is not marketplace platform where reseller and middle men sale products from artisans to customers without any artisans touch. we just making our artisans self-dependent stand on own legs and sell directly to customers.

 

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Handscart.com is working on United Nation Sustainable development goals like Gender Equality by providing equal opportunity for women and girls of local communities, Poverty alleviation by providing means of earning livelihood and self-dependent, affordable housing help via handscart partner help them to to make sustainable communities etc.

 

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World Merit is a global platform for talented and collaborative youth. Our strength is based in fantastic diversity and our desire for positive impact. World Merit strives to connect talent with opportunity. Imagine a competition for talented global citizens that chose to evolve into a collaborative community, yes world event Merit 360 is giving this chance to youth all over the world to be a change maker and solve the global issues with world merit and UN and bring their global ideas to the wonderful platform form of United Nation.

 

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Handscart work on following model and Tackling SDG’s

Fair wages and Equal Opportunity- Gender Equality
Saving Culture and IndigenousArt- Good Job and Economic Growth
Guaranteed Source of Income- Poverty Alleviation
Social Impact- Sustainable communities and Life On Land
Fair Price For Customer as Well-
Partnership for Goals and Good Health.

 

Now Handscart.com and World Merit Joins Hands to tackle United Nation Sustainable goals to be fulfill through all the efforts of handscart with the help of World Merit and together we inspire our people and communities where we work and make sure everyone is working towards the same goal to solve social issues and help both organization to fulfill common goal for the world.

 

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Our Future in Our Hand- Together We Inspire.
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Kids Met Own Santa This Year.

Happy Christmas ,Santa will come and give gifts to kids while millions of kids in world waiting for own sanat again this year, and we met few kids who connected with handscart through our foundation and soon celebreate Christmas and new year with us,but they live worst part of life in last few years. The desperate conditions affecting the rural as well as the urban poor in India are forcing growing numbers of children to toil often in subhuman conditions. They are deprived of their most basic rights as children, including education and a joyful childhood. Most have never been to school or dropped out at very young ages.

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Estimates of the number of child labourers vary widely. According to a 1991 census, 11.2 million children aged between 5 and 14 were working in India. But other estimates put the figure far higher. In a supreme court case last December, Ashok Aggarwal, an advocate for a group of non-government organisations, submitted that 100 million children were out of school and working—half of India’s 200 million children.
India has the largest number of child workers in the world. They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, and textile shops. Many work in export-oriented hazardous industries like carpet weaving, gem polishing, glass blowing, match works, brassware, electro-plating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling.

Parvathi, 12, lost her parents at a young age. Her elder sister Selvi is 16. “Our mother’s elder sister sent us to a Christian mission hostel. There we ate only low quality rice and rasam every day. Apart from study time, we used to do washing and cleaning. Since we didn’t want to stay in the hostel any longer, our auntie took us home. She persuaded my sister to get a job in a leather company and I found a job in an export company. I get paid 800 rupees ($16) per month.”

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For her work in the leather factory, Selvi gets 900 rupees ($18) a month. “Since I started this job I have been suffering from breathlessness. I often fall sick and have to go to a government hospital for treatment. I have become slim as a result,” she said.
Geetha, 14, lives with her parents and a younger brother. “I studied up to 3rd standard only as I couldn’t continue my studies due to poverty. My father is a load lifter but doesn’t get regular work. My mother works at five places as a domestic maid. Generally she cooks only dinner at home, and at other times we eat food that she brings from her workplaces.

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“She has been doing domestic work since she was young. As a result, she falls sick frequently. She suffers from headaches and sores in her hands and feet. Unable to afford proper treatment, she just buys medicine at the medical shop for 5 rupees (US10 cents). Although we are both working, we are struggling to pay the rent and other family expenses.
“Because of our poverty, my parents wanted me to become an apprentice at an embroidery company when I was 10. Then I was paid 15 rupees (US 30 cents) per day. My normal working day is 11 hours, from 8 am to 7 pm. Now after four years I get 50 rupees ($1) per day. When I do overtime from 7 pm to 10 pm, I get an extra wage of 20 rupees (40 cents).”

We have millions of such kids in India and other countries those waiting for their own santa every year to come and take them from this slums and world to won santa land on santa cart but unfortunately every year this going to be a sweet dream for them, but this year we team handscart tried to become santa for few kids and bring them surprise on this colourful festival of happiness.

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We hope this small contribution will become big moment for them and they have some good moments this year with this small gift from handscart and we keep trying to help them our artisans, women and kids to give them a good social life and education with our work and handscart foundation. You also help them to become santa of them by connecting with handscart.com and shop from there.

 

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This Diwali Enlighten Life Of A Potter By Using Clay Diya

Designer Clay Diyadiyadivaadeepadeepam, or deepak is an oil lamp, usually made from clay, with a cotton wickdipped in ghee or vegetable oils. Clay diyas are often used temporarily as lighting for special occasions, while diyas made of brass are permanent fixtures in homes and temples. Diyas are native to India, and are often used in HinduSikh,Jain and Zoroastrian religious festivals such as Diwalidownload (2)or the Kushti ceremony. A similar lamp called abutter lamp is used in Tibetan Buddhist offerings as well. Diyas, also known as deepam in Tamil Nadu, can be lighted, especially during the Karthikai Deepam.2_The-WheelAn oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and is continued to this day, although not commonly anymore. They are often associated with stories in which rubbing an oil lamp would summon a genie dwelling in it. Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights. Starting in 1780 the Argand lamp quickly replaced other oil lamps still in their basic ancient form. These in turn were replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850. In small towns and rural areas the latter continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified and light bulbs could be used.2_Diyas-kept-for-dryingMost modern lamps (such as fueled lanterns) have been replaced by gas-based or petroleum-based fuels to operate when emergency non-electric light is required. As such, oil lamps of today are primarily used for the particular ambience they produce, or in rituals and religious ceremonies. With Diwali around the corner, everyone’s going to be in a frenzy trying to clean up the house and do their best to decorate it in a unique way. The best part about this is the fact that there is sort of a secret competition with one’s neighbours and friends to see who decorates their house best. And each year sees a unique decoration in the neighbourhood. Personally I feel that the best way to decorate your house is with diyas. Diyas are so simple yet so beautiful and they add a different glow to the house making it look and feel more beautiful and cosy.13_Lids-being-dried.-These-Lids-are-used-for-covering-small-potsIn each legend, myth and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate the homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. Since baked-mud ‘diyas’ or ‘deeps’ are considered more holy and auspicious, they are purchased to light on the Diwali night, particularly before the idols or photographs of gods and goddesses while offering prayers. A Diya is a small earthen lamp that is lit especially at Diwali. They are usually made of clay. Ghee or oil is used as the fuel and cotton wool as the wick. Sometimes they are made by part filling a glass with colored water, Ghee is floated on top, and again cotton wool used as a wick. Children could make there own Diya with air dried clay or play dough. For safety reason these diyas should not be lit with Ghee and cotton wool. Beautifully crafted diyas beckon attention of the buyers. The earthen diya used on the occasion of Diwali, reflects ancient design sense that is simple and stunning in concept and universal in appeal. The Diwali season sees a proliferation of clay creativity ranging from roadside agals to designer diyas displayed in art and craft boutiques. During Diwali, various shops showcases brilliant diyas and lamps crafted by ceramic designers from all over the country. There are also diyas with zari and mirror in exuberant colours. Delightfully, imaginative diyas with sharply cut edges, embellished with cut work are covered and filled with bright coloured wax. Mirror work and zari embellished deep, traditional diyas as well as those embellished with fragrant dried flowers, Ganesha and Lakshmi diyas with 21 or 11 spouts, diyas shaped like China leaves and shaded roses, tiny Parvati Ganesha lamps and many other design vie for attention. Made out of clay, the diyas in vivid shades of yellow, blue, pink, gold and silver are well crafted.
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Story Behind Handscart.com

The word Handicrafts comes from the summation of two words, Hand-meaning hand-made and craft means an activity involving skill in making things by hand. When they come together, the meaning comes to activity involving the making of decorative domestic or other objects by hand.
Well, surely it’s much more than what is described above. It’s a rarity .An art passed from one generation to next and so on, till date. Its an experience of centuries old tradition, life style and still a valuable gift to be hold. However modern we might become, whatever progress we might make but the sense of belongingness towards our culture, values and traditions will never leave us. It is something to take pride in, and its time to make the people who have carried such art for centuries proud and happy with their centuries old artworks. Our country has a rich 5000 year old culture that has developed and evolved through all phases of change throughout this time. It has not only survived but also adapted with time. So we are traditional but still modern. This is who we are.
With such culture, our people carry some and ancient art forms in their hands that have survived the forces of time. They bring us nearer to our roots. It is time that we do our due to for these people. We at handscart try our level best to bring the best of the traditional handicrafts to you, at affordable prices and still all of it (excluding handling and delivery charge) goes to craftsmen. We try bringing you closer to your culture and tradition and giving the craftsmen their complete due for carrying such art.

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Antique Brass Wall Lamps

The discovery of metal changed the lives of the people in the ancient world. Metal and its alloy made agriculture easier, providing farmers with more efficient tools to work their land. Armies that possessed metal knives, swords, and shields were no match for those that did not. The first two metal and its alloy widely used by humans, copper (and its alloy brass) and gold are still important in people’s lives today Lamps are an integral part of Indian culture. They weave their, own magic irrespective of whether they are in the, form of a mere candle or the traditional oil filled wick lamp. The poetic beauty of the flickering flame cannot be described in words.


The origins of the lamp clan probably be traced back to the time fire was discovered. fire holds an irreplaceable place in man’s life. In India, it came to, be associated closely with the Hindu religion and form of worship. Therefore, it is but natural that the objects in which ceremonial fire – was lit or kept also ,aroused feelings of reverence. These objects were, therefore, considered equally important and were made with the utmost care. In the beginning, natural substances such as stones, shells, tree7products etc., must have been used. These paved the way to their present beautiful shapes, with craftsmen giving “the, lamps more depth and meaning.


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We find in India a gamut of beautiful lamps made of all sorts of material – clay, terracotta, porcelain, brass, bronze, silver and at times even dough. There is literature on lamp making. Norms exist regarding its size, lighting and measurements. Festivals of lamps are celebrated and rituals are prescribed for their worship. Even dances center around lamps.


Most importantly, there are different types of lamps used for different purposes. The lamp is considered a woman and is symbolic of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) and is referred to as Deepalakshmi.


The earthen lamp or “mitti ka diya is the most common, easily available and seen lamp. Made on the potter’s wheel from clay, thousands of these are turned out every year for use by people. A good diya has to be soaked in water before use. The single diva is the most common lamp. However, the potter often lets his imagination run riot to churn out different types of diyas. Some are just attractive domes with openings to hold the lamp so that only the slight flickering can be seen while the dome protects it from wind. Some are a bunch of five diyas – one in the middle, surrounded by four others.


Porcelain lamps shaped like diyas are also made these days, as are the ones in terracotta and clay. Designer diyas hold a place of their own. They come in all sizes. The diya is held atop an elephant or a bankura (horse); there are hanging lamps in the shape of pigeons or birds wherein the chain is hooked onto the bird’s beak and the body of the bird houses the place for filling oil or wax.


The place of pride is taken by lamps made of various metals. Lamps in olden times were made of commonly available metals including gold and other precious metals and stones. The tradition continues in the temples, where exquisitely made lamps can be seen. Temples in South India have an amazing diversity of lamps. Gujarat also has its own repertoire of lamps. Some temples have niches in the walls where lamps can be placed. Others have rows of brass lamps placed on the exteriors Many of them also have huge lamps at the entrance. The lamp is in the form of a huge pillar, carved intricately. Plates at equal intervals hold the oil and the beaks of the wicks. The circumference of the plates is the widest at the bottom and gets progressively smaller as one moves up. The top is decorated with a lion or a peacock. The base has figures from Hindu mythology. Such pillar lamps or deepstambbas are mostly cast in bronze.


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Different lamps are made for different purposes. An aarti deepa, used at the time of prayer, is different from the one used to light the sanctum sanctorum. The aarti deepa usually has a handle attached to it for holding it.


Brass metal is an alloy of copper and zinc and the quality of the metal depends on the Percentage composition of both these metals. Various processes involved in the manufacturing of brassware. The task of making a brassware requires a team of skilled artisans having a considerable expertise in various areas. For instance a skilled engraver is needed for the task of engraving, a skilled enameller needed for the task of enameling; similarly many others are required for additional responsibilities. Therefore this part of Design Museum involves providing information on the traditional design process, availability of raw materials, skilled human resource and cluster from where these innovative products can be sourced and produced. For example both large and small scale workshops which are involved in various stages of making a brassware were surveyed and documented to understand the various stages of making a brassware.

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Jaipuri Silk Rajaiyan

The world renowned Jaipur Razais or Quilts have a rich tradition. The antiquity of jaipuri Razai can be traced back to about 280years when a group of Mansuris (the cotton mattresses and quilt maker) shifted from Amber to Jaipur. Kadar Bux, a young razai maker gifted a jewel of razai (quilt), weighing only a pao (250gms. ) of cotton to Maharaja Madho Singh ji. The Maharaja was so impressed that he gave Kadar Bux the title of Patel and also awarded him with two shops which lie opposite to the Sawai Man Singh Hall adjacent to Hawa Hahal. Today, there are several small shops belonging to the descendants of Kadar Bus which carry rich tradition of Rajai making. The secret of Jaipuri quilts lie in the carding (dhunai) of the cotton. It us done by hand so that quilts remain wxtra light and extra warm. Basically, there are three types of quilts- cotton, velvet and silk, the velvet ones being the costliest. The price of a quilt is decided by the type of cloth and cotton used, and also the type of carding and stitching.

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What’s So Enchanting About “Jaipuri Razai”, A Jaipuri Razai is unique both for its artisan and for its functionality. First, in hand making these beautiful quilts, the artisans use the traditional textile-making skills of silk, carding, cotton voile-making and quilting. Cotton carding is the process of preparing cotton to use as cotton fill in a quilt. Once the fill is prepared, the artisans go on to make the quilts. It is important to layer the cotton evenly throughout the quilt. This is another characteristic of the handmade quilt that gives it its warmth. The shell of the quilt is usually high-quality soft cotton voile. Cotton voile is a lightweight, gauzy cotton fabric with a soft, smooth surface. The softness of the voile adds to the very snuggly, cozy nature of the comforter. The motifs are simple and include floral and linear patterns. After being filled, the quilt is stitched together. All the stitching is done with a hand-held needle.To sum it up, the exquisite JAIPURI RAZAI, changes hands from about 15 skilled artisans, be it wood block makers, silk extractor,to colorists, to printers, to cotton carders, to final stitching people, not to forget the final checkers and packers. In all the lives of about 15 people are connected to one JAIPURI RAZAI.

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A Jaipuri razai is unique both for its artisanry and for its functionality. First, in handmaking these beautiful quilts, the artisans use the traditional textile-making skills of cotton carding, cotton voile-making and quilting. Cotton carding is the process of preparing cotton to use as cotton fill in a quilt. To card cotton, a worker uses two carders. The carders are convex paddles covered with small, fine teeth. The worker charges the carders by placing cotton fibers onto one of the carders. Then the worker gently draws the other carder across the face of the first one several times, changing position of the carders from horizontal to vertical. In the process of carding, the cotton dross is exposed and removed. “Dross” is simply waste material. Removing the dross leaves soft, fine, delicate cotton fibers. In a typical Jaipuri razai, the worker starts with a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cotton and works at carding it for a full week. After fully carding the cotton, the worker is left with a mere 100 grams (approximately 3.5 ounces) of cotton to use to fill the comforter. The lighter and fluffier the cotton fill, the warmer and cozier the quilt will be.

Once the fill is prepared, the artisans go on to make the quilts. It is important to layer the cotton evenly throughout the quilt. This is another characteristic of the handmade quilt that gives it its warmth. The shell of the quilt is usually a high-quality soft cotton voile. Cotton voile is a lightweight, gauzy cotton fabric with a soft, smooth surface. The softness of the voile adds to the very snuggly, cozy nature of the comforter. Sometimes the quilter uses a velvet covering instead of cotton voile.
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Black Stone Crockery

Longpi (pronounced as “long-pee”) is a general reference to two villages (Longpi Kajui and Longpi Khullen) in Ukhrul District,Manipur. Longpi is located at . Longpi is about 37 kilometers north of Ukhrul,[1] connected by National Highway 150 (Imphal-Kohima via Ukhrul and Jessami Highway). The two villages together have a population of over 8000.

Longpi is flanked by Khamasom in the east Sihai in the southeast, Lunghar in the south, Phungcham, Paorei, Peh in the west andKalhang in the North.

Longpi is famous for age old pottery  making locally called Longpi Ham. It is believed that Longpi ham used to be the main cooking utensil among the Tangkhuls before the advent of aluminum pots. Longpi ham as of today has attained national and international popularity. Longpi pottery is one unique art where the potters do not use the potter’s wheel. Presley belongs to the Tangkhul Naga tribe of the village of Longpi (or Loree) in Manipur. Longpi is well-known for its age-old stone pottery art – Longpi Hamlei. Presley is special, because she and 16 other women of the village together formed a “Loree Hamlei” Village Pottery Collective seven years ago that makes and markets this form of pottery. Longpi Hamlei cookware has gained popularity all over India and is being supplied to niche craft stores across the country and even abroad.

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Longpi ham is made from a mixed paste of ground black serpentinite stone and a special brown clay. As claimed by the locals, the clay is native to only Longpi village. After the pots are shaped, polished and sun dried they are heated in a bonfire and thereafter polished with a special tree leaf locally called Chiron ni. The black color of Longpi ham is a result of polishing the heated earthen pots with the tree leaf. Pottery is the secondary occupation of the populace and is the main source of income for the artisans. Black pottery is a very rare kind of pottery, made only in Manipur and not easily available everywhere.

Black  pottery has a very old history. It was known as LOREE HAMLEI also called ‘Royal pottery’ because only rich and dignified noble families could afford to buy them. They used these pots to cook food especially during special occassions like marriages.

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If you are of the opinion that these pots are painted black to bring that colour, then I am sorry to say that you are completely wrong. These pots are made from a special type of rock called ‘The black serpentine rock’ that is naturally black in colour, available only in certain hills of Manipur. The craftsmen collect these rocks, crush them and convert it into a powder. The powder is then mixed with  water to form a paste. The beautifully shaped cooking pots, mugs, kettles and many more beautiful items are made with hands only. The craftsmen do not use even a potter’s wheel because this material cannot be shaped using a potter’s wheel. Thus it requires lot of skilled labour for its making. The pots are made by the tribes of Manipur.

 

The raw materials used are weathered rock and serpentine rock, which according to locals, are available at Longpi alone. The two rocks are crushed to a powder and mixed with water in a ratio of 5:3 to form a clay-like consistency. The dull-brown mixture is kneaded the entire day and flattened on a wooden board for the initial slab work. Uniquely, Longpi pots are not crafted on a potter’s wheel. Every item is shaped by hand with the help of molds and tools. Once the shaped clay has dried and is hard enough, it is taken to an open bonfire and heated for 5 to 7 hours at temperatures over 1200 degrees centigrade. The pottery is taken out when still hot and scrubbed with a local leaf known as the machee, giving it a smooth finish and nice shine. The final products are gray-black cooking pots and kettles, charming bowls, and mugs and trays, frequently accompanied with a lacing of fine cane at the handles and knobs. They have a distinctly earthy, yet contemporary appearance.

 
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Puppets

Beautiful colourful puppets from pink city Jaipur to entertain in your home.
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