Who could have predicted that a birthday gift of a Brownie camera would set Manobina Roy on the path to becoming a celebrated photographer?
The handicrafts sector is the second largest employment generator in India, providing employment to more than 7.3 million people, and according to the national census of handicrafts, the Indian handicrafts industry is a billion industry [worldwide] and contributes 2% of the global market. According to the UN, over the past 30 years, the number of Indian artisans has decreased by 30%.
Women in the villages of West Bengal up cycle several layers of old fabric, usually saris using intricate stitches to create light coverlets or kanthas in a style of embroidery based on the running stitch. This transforms what were essentially rags into beautiful textile riches.