Raksha Bandhan is around the corner and we are all set for a rakhi shopping spree and why not the festival does mean a lot to us. But what if this year we celebrate it in a different way by going all ‘Swadeshi’?
Tribal artists at Jamshedpur based Kalamandir are making rakhis using traditional items for the upcoming Rakshabandhan on August 3. They have successfully made more than 11,000 rakhis during the lockdown.
Mostly traditional materials are being used in making the rakhis and less of plastics. The artists are using local patterns to add a traditional twist to the rakhis. They are of good quality and will be available at a cheaper price so that the people choose them over the Chinese ones.
Speaking to ANI, Kalamandir Convener Amitabh Ghosh said, “People are calling it Swadeshi rakhi, Jharkhandi rakhi, but I call them traditional rakhis. But it remains to be seen whether the shopkeepers will sell these over the Chinese ones. If we are able to provide a good product at cheap rates, the market will not look towards Chinese made rakhis.”
“We are trying to use as less plastic as we can and especially during this lockdown phase we are using the local patterns to add a traditional twist to the rakhis. We are promoting this on social media platforms, and the response so far has been great. Till now, we have made over 11,000 rakhis,” an artist at the centre said.”, a tribal artist said to ANI.
“All of us are hurt by China’s actions. Customers who come here are willing to pay a little bit more for Indian products instead of Chinese,” a shopkeeper told ANI.
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