Through a project called IKEA Social Entrepreneurs Initiative, unique handicraft is brought to a worldwide audience. But more importantly, it provides livelihood and employment for artisans who often have very limited access to the labour market.
Indian company Rangsutra engages a community of more than two thousand craftspeople, of which about half are involved in production for IKEA. The company helps strengthen local economies, providing work for rural artisans with few opportunities to earn a living – a group heavily dominated by women. Their work also contributes to keeping traditions and skills alive.
Many of the Rangsutra co-workers are also shareholders. As with all IKEA suppliers, it’s crucial that the organisation meets strict demands for good work environment, regular working hours and proper wages.
Here we see the craftswoman Sahji adding embroidered details to a soon-to-be cushion cover. The top image shows the programme manager, Dr Dipti, in front of a group of Rangsutra seamstresses.
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