We are extremely thankful to all artisan and community champions volunteers, on-ground partners, funders, and supporters who’ve stepped up and collaborated to stand firmly with our communities ensuring health, safety, and livelihoods support.

Creative Dignity is a movement that has brought together diverse creative producers, practitioners, and professionals to energize the ecosystem that Indian artisans need in this time of COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impact. Our focus is to provide relief, and rejuvenation to the artisans in a bid to ensure their sustained prosperity.

Our vision is to enable artisans to become equal and active participants in building a thriving ecosystem of the future that brings well-being for the planet and people.

VISION

A world where artisans have agency to thrive with dignity.

MISSION

Enabling knowledge, tools and networks for artisans to be equal stakeholders in creating regenerative economies.

OUTREACH AND NETWORK

INR 1.43+ Cr 

was raised in 2020 and 2021 collectively

12400+

Covid relief kits were distributed in 2020 & 2021

350+ 

digital catalogs got made and shared on the CD website

130+ 

artisans got on-boarded onto various marketing platforms for online sales

Rs.5 Cr 

worth of stocks got liquidated through the platforms, exhibitions and whatsapp sales.

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online marketplaces collaborated with CD to open out marketing opportunities for artisans

350+ 

student interns

400+ 

professionals from the ecosystem

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    Reposted from @lakmefashionwk.

    All About India is an initiative by @r1seworldwide & @creativedignity to bring about deeper collaborations between clusters & designers that would aid the artisans affected by the pandemic, with sustainable livelihoods.

    With All About India, we have set out to redefine the collaborations with clusters by finding long term solutions for both the designers and the artisans.

    Designers and artisans came together not just to develop collections but to build relationships that truly empower.

    Stay tuned for more!

    @creativedignity @lakmeindia @nexaexperience @fdciofficial @r1seworldwide
    #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #LFW #5DaysOfFashion #FDCIxLFW #SustainableFashionDay #MakeFashionGood
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    'Goonj' NFT live now @wazirxnft marketplace!

    This Gond piece done by Choti, of a lush and bountiful tree, alive with birds and bird chatter, is a classic representation of mother nature in its full glory. Farhat's concept was to create the effect of a 'close up' of the Gond piece, while still adhering to the form and colours of the bird, leaves, and the tree form. On viewing the two pieces side by side, one is presented with a unique perspective of seeing the same scene from afar and up-close at the same time. It is called, 'Goonj' where the nature of the traditional art form is is echoed in the contemporary piece.

    About the Makers
    Choti Tekam is a Gond artist from Mandala district in Madhya Pradesh. Being in harmony with nature, green pastures, forest trees, animals and village life, Choti used nature to inspire her art. Her love for Gond art, the forms-figures-dots and dashes reflect her close connection with natural surroundings.

    Farhat Datta is an artist based in Mumbai, with a background in graphic design. Her art education spans from Sophia polytechnic (Mumbai), to Pratt (New York) and ESAM Design Ecole Superieure des Arts Modernes (Paris). This has provided her with extensive exposure to various design ideologies and is instrumental in her choice of design esthetics. Her body of work also ventures into charcoal abstracts and flowers in charcoal.

    About Gond Art
    The Gond tribal community is one of the largest indigenous communities from central India. The word “Gond'' comes from the Dravidian expression kond, meaning “the green mountain.” The recorded history of the Gond people goes back 1400 years.
    Every artist today has a personal style and has developed a specific language within these narratives creating a richness of aesthetic forms and styles.Gond art comes with the belief that a good image brings good luck. This inherent belief led the Gonds to decorate their houses

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #Digi
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    Lockdown Dreams NFT live on @wazirxnft marketplace!

    Ayesha’s Madamjis relaxing in the quiet surroundings illustrated by Dulari Deviji's Madhubani jungle. Earlier Madhubani paintings were based on scenes from the royal courts and social events. Taking the theme forward the relaxing outdoors is what people wished for during the lockdown.

    About the Makers
    Dulari Devi is an Indian artist and illustrator, working in the Mithila art tradition. She learned to draw and illustrate in the Madhubani style while she was working as a domestic servant in the home of Madhubani artist Mahasundari Devi. Mahasundari Devi introduced her to another artist, Karpoori Devi, who also taught Dulari Devi Madhubani art and techniques. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Padmashri, a civilian honor granted by the Government of India, for her contributions to art.

    Ayesha Brocha, is a photographer, illustrator, and artist from Mumbai. Having worked as a photographer she loves capturing people in their most candid moments which is also reflected in her artworks. Her illustrations of daily, mundane routines look fresh and lively in the bright colour palette she uses.

    About Madhubani Paintings
    Also known as Mithila painting due to its origins in the Mithila region of India and Nepal, Madhubani is a traditional Indian folk art made on canvas, cloth, or cow dung-washed hand paper. Natural dye and colors are used in the creation of artworks with geometrical figures and vibrant colors being key elements.

    The Madhubani style of painting can be traced to the Madhubani district in Bihar, literally meaning 'a forest of honey', where women spent a lot of time making these paintings on the walls of their homes. Mainly attributed to the upper caste in the beginning, this was later taken up by women across all castes. The women used their keen sense of beauty to create evocative paintings of gods and goddesses, animals and characters from mythology, using natural dyes and pigments and painted with the help of twigs, fingers, and matchsticks.

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #DigitalArt #Crypto
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    Jugalbandi NFT live on @wazirxnft marketplace!

    Artist Farhat Datta crystallized the main elements of filk artisan Choti's piece and present them in a modern and contemporary light with influences of her own style of work, so that both the pieces would reflect off of each other to create a 'Jugalbandi'

    The eye of the peacock took center stage, to denote the animal spirit. The crisscrossing of the bark in Choti's piece was another vital element which Farhat included to form a strong focal point in her layout and all the various textures in the body of the peacock and bark were strategically placed in vertical and horizontal planes to bring forth a contemporary feel to the piece.

    About the Makers
    Choti Tekam is a Gond artist from Mandala district in Madhya Pradesh. Being in harmony with nature, green pastures, forest trees, animals and village life, Choti used nature to inspire her art. Her love for Gond art, the forms-figures-dots and dashes reflect her close connection with natural surroundings.

    Farhat Datta is an artist based in Mumbai, with a background in graphic design. Her art education spans from Sophia polytechnic (Mumbai), to Pratt (New York) and ESAM Design Ecole Superieure des Arts Modernes (Paris). This has provided her with an extensive exposure to various design ideologies and is instrumental in her choice of design esthetics. Her body of work also ventures into charcoal abstracts and flowers in charcoal.

    About Gond Art
    The Gond tribal community is one of the largest indigenous communities from central India. The word “Gond'' comes from the Dravidian expression kond, meaning “the green mountain.” The recorded history of the Gond people goes back 1400 years.
    Every artist today has a personal style and has developed a specific language within these narratives creating a richness of aesthetic forms and styles.Gond art comes with the belief that a good image brings good luck. This inherent belief led the Gonds to decorate their houses

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #DigitalArt #CryptoArt #Artworks #NFTs #CryptoArtist #NFTArtist #NFTCollector
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    "Goddess of the Sea" NFT Live on @wazirxnft marketplace.

    In a unique collaboration between contemporary artists and traditional folk artisans Deepti Nair explored the divine feminine in conjunction with Rupsona Chitrakar.

    The colourful energetic Patachitra fish are a delightful counterpoint to artist Deepti’s embodiment of the serene and bountiful sea.

    About the Makers
    Rupsona Chitrakar, is a Patachitra artist from Pingla, West Bengal who is an expert in painting on tribal themes.

    Deepti Nair was born in Kerala and led an itinerant childhood in Africa and across India. The abiding memory of the hues and tones of those early years, coupled with her interest in exploring texture and perspective have drawn her increasingly toward the semi-abstract genre.

    About Patachitra Art
    The word ‘Pata’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Patta’, meaning cloth and ‘Chitra’ refers to painting. In Patachitra, stories are painted as frames on long scrolls and the Patuas who paint Patas, gradually unfurl them while presenting the story through their songs. The songs are known as Pater Gaan. Patachitra is known for its bold colours, lines and strokes. One of the fascinating aspects of Patachitra is the use of natural colours derived from local sources like fruits and flowers. The Patuas paint and sing on various themes like mythological tales (Ramayana, Mahabharata, Mangal Kabya), historical and contemporary themes (biographies of great personalities, nuclear warfare) and social issues (women empowerment, child right, health, literacy).

    The Patachitra tradition practiced in Purulia is known for its simplistic style and compositions, minimalistic background decoration and distinctive themes, which are strikingly different from the scroll paintings of Medinipur, Bankura, Murshidabad.

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #DigitalArt #CryptoArt #Artworks #NFTs #CryptoArtist #NFTArtist #NFTCollector #NFTCollectibles #NFTDrop #NFTArt #FNFT #CollectTheFuture
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    Reposted from @lakmefashionwk A collaboration between Indian folk artisans & contemporary artists that led to the creation of treasured pieces each narrating a story of its own. These co-created pieces are live as NFTs on @wazirxnft

    @ekibekiassociation for Creative Dignity has pioneered this one-of-a-kind initiative.

    @lakmeindia @fdciofficial @r1seworldwide
    @creativedignity @ekibekiassociation @uttarajoshistudio @deeptinairstudio @farhatdatta @ayeshabroacha @rupsonachitrakar @chhotitekam @kalam_shastra @shastra_kalam

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #DigitalArt #CryptoArt #Artworks #NFTs #CryptoArtist #NFTArtist #NFTCollector #NFTCollectibles #NFTDrop #NFTArt #FNFT #CollectTheFuture
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    Reposted from @lakmefashionwk A collaboration between Indian folk artisans & contemporary artists that led to the creation of treasured pieces each narrating a story of its own. These co-created pieces are now being converted into NFTs.

    A huge shout out to our member @ekibekiassociation for pioneering this path breaking collaboration for CD and our artisans.

    NFTs Dropping soon. Stay Tuned.

    @wazirxnft @lakmeindia @fdciofficial @r1seworldwide
    @creativedignity @ekibekiassociation @uttarajoshistudio @deeptinairstudio @farhatdatta @ayeshabroacha @rupsonachitrakar @chhotitekam @kalam_shastra @shastra_kalam

    #craftnft #DefinetoRedefine #FDCIxLFW #FDCIxLakmeFashionWeek #LakmeFashionWeek #5DaysofFashion #LFW #WazirXNFT #NFTCommunity #NFTCreators #DigitalArt #CryptoArt #Artworks #NFTs #CryptoArtist #NFTArtist #NFTCollector #NFTCollectibles #NFTDrop #NFTArt #FNFT #CollectTheFuture
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    THE GRAND HANDLOOM FAIR celebrates handloom textiles with traditional craftspeople of the country.

    The pandemic has severely affected makers who weave an integral part of our living heritage and our culture. It is time we open our hearts to handloom products from around the country by showing love to 100+ exhibitors in this exclusively curated experience. Get your hand on Desi Oon, Banarasi Brocades, Handspun textiles, Maheshwaris, Sambalpuris, Paithanis, Baawan Buttis, Khadis, Punja Durries, Ikats, Tussar weaves and much more! Watch out for fun and educational craft workshops and performances and enjoy delicacies from various states!

    Be there at Dastkar's Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh, Anuvrat Marg, New Delhi - 110074. (Nearest Metro Station : Chhatarpur)
    Entry fee : 30 rupees
    Paid parking available
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    #handmade #creativedignity #buydirectlyfromartisans #dilsehandloom #weavers #madeinindia #indianweaves #artisanal #artisan #artisansofindia #vocalforlocal #handmadeinindia #supportlocal #buyhandmade #buytherealthing #authentic #handloom #handbehindtheloom #meetthemaker #crafts #craftsofindia #threadstories #threadsthatbind #woventextiles #naturaldyes #handspun #handblockprinted #loomsofhope #delhidiaries #ladybamfordfoundation
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    We are all very excited to share - @200millionartisans and Creative Dignity present a first-of-its-kind
    auction fundraiser in collaboration with @storyltd, India's leading auction house this November to host a unique fundraiser
    auction — India for Artisans — to support the economic recovery of artisan communities
    across India.

    THE BIGGEST NAMES IN HANDMADE
    Bid on more than handcrafted products spanning art, design, fashion, textile and even unique travel experiences that tell the ‘Handcrafted in India’ story. This unique collaboration brings together over 40 donors — leading names from
    the world of art, craft and hospitality — who are donating one-of-a-kind products or
    experiences that tell a 'Handcrafted in India' story. And there is something for everyone!

    EXPECTED IMPACT
    100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Creative Dignity to support their
    nationwide relief and rehabilitation efforts for artisan communities impacted by COVID-19.

    24 HOUR, NO RESERVE AUCTION
    Over 70 unique lots will go up for sale as
    part of a 24 Hour, No Reserve Auction to be hosted online by StoryLtd on November 30, 2021.

    SAVE THE DATE l NOV 30TH
    India for Artisans |
    Online Fundraiser-Sale
    24-Hour, No Reserve Auction
    November 30, 2021 |
    8AM - 8PM IST

    WATCH THIS SPACE
    More donor stories around Handcrafted in India coming your way!

    #200millionartisans #creativedignity
    #storyltd #saffronart #auction #fundraiser #supportartisans
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    Reposted from @dastkarihaatsamiti
    Listen to the process of how Magan khadi is made from our beloved craftsman, showcasing at our ongoing Pune crafts bazaar in collaboration with @creativedignity . 🤍 We are live for day 3, come and visit us at the Dutch Palace Pune.

    When - 13th - 21st November 2021 from 11 AM - 8 PM
    Where - Dutch Palace Pune
    Landmark - Opp. Residency Club Near Railway Station

    By choosing Magan Khadi you save the earth and its people. From the time cotton is picked till the time, it becomes a saree, stole, or any other Magan Khadi product, the entire process takes place in the same locality.

    #badalsaboo #makingpunefashionable #fashionablebharat #punefashionweek #craftsbazaar #dastkarihaatsamiti #punecraftsbazaar #dastkarihaatpunebazaar #craftsofindia #artisansofindia #craftsfestival #weekend #bluepotteryjaipur #jayajaitly
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