Forgotten Category Rural Artisans’ Transformation into Rural Entrepreneurs


The Report discusses about the Rural Artisans, such as goldsmiths, weavers, potters, carpenters, cobblers, blacksmiths, tailors, plumbers etc. helped the mainly agrarian rural economy to sustain on its own. These traditional artisans, who checked the exodus of youths from villages, helped village economy to be self-sufficient. If we can remember our history, there was a time when India was proudly considered as a golden bird to foreign traders. Our handicrafts and Dhaka-Ki-Malmal like goods created by die artisans’ hand had been the greatest attractions in foreign market. In that period, the rural artisans most often adopted their forefather's vocations; mastered the skills of trade working as apprentices in their family artisan work; thus obviating the need for skill development programmes. The context of the study is described in Chapter-1; study objectives, approach and methodology is provided in Chapter-2; profiles of the sample districts and villages in which the artisans were located are given in Chapters 3 & 4; data analysis and results are given in Chapter 5; and the way forward for action research is described in Chapter 6.

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