Originated in Maharashtra, the Warli artform is unique in its own way, dating back to 2500 or 3000 BCE. Warli Painting is not only a cultural intellectual property, but also a form of communication of the community. Today, there is an urgent need for preserving this traditional knowledge in tribal communities across the globe. LTI’s intervention seeks a holistic solution for the Warli artform. Our mission is to revive the artform, creating a sense of entrepreneurship for those who possess a basic level of knowledge in the subject.

The Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project (WASEP) is a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI). The program involves women working in underprivileged communities in Mumbai and Thane districts of Maharashtra with the aim to generate livelihoods for women in the area by reviving Warli art. Conceived by LTI as a part of its corporate social responsibility, it was started to empower women economically as well as add to the impact of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose was to give impetus to the revival of an ancient Tribal art, Warli painting, along with skilling the underprivileged women in the artform local to their area. It enables women to work from the comfort of their homes while maintaining the high quality of products that is the demand of the market. It also aims to promote entrepreneurship. The coming together of LTI and UNDP was not only to ensure effective implementation but also to create an ecosystem impact in terms of empowering women economically and socially. LTI along with its implementation partners ensures that these women are given extensive training in
Warli art,  product development, and market linkages. In 3 years we have trained more than 2000 women in this project and the journey continues.

Some Glimpses of our project

Mobilization of women artisans 

                                                                         

This is followed by a scoping visit to the clusters to close conversations with the members, have an introductory conversation with potential candidates, identifying prospective trainers and training venues, etc.

Training

            

                                                                          

                               Happy faces of Artisans                                             Warli Painting on Paper                           Fabric Jewellery Making Workshop

The training comprises of hard skills training, as well as soft skills training. On the first day of training, candidates are taken through the course curriculum and can
clear any doubts that they have. The hard skills component is aimed at equipping candidates to be proficient at a craft.

Products

                                          

 

                 

A variety of products has been produced by the women artisans, ready to sell. Products include wall hangings, warli art handpainted clay bottles. ceramic jewelry box warli handpainted, candle holder, trays, canvas and jute warli handpainted bags, baskets, etc

Market Linkages and Workshops 

                   

Women artisans selling their own products in the Mumbai Exhibitions, lots of people love their art. Kids and their parents participated in Warli workshop conducted by our women artisans. Learning the basics of Warli art.

Certificate of Excellence

All women artisans were facilitated with “LTI’s Women Artisans Skill Enhancement Project” Certificate


About UNDP

On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from democratic governance to poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP’s programs are aligned with national priorities and are reviewed and adjusted annually.

About Larsen and Toubro Infotech

LTI (NSE: LTI) is a global technology consulting and digital solutions Company helping more than 420 clients succeed in a converging world. With operations in 32 countries, we go the extra mile for our clients and accelerate their digital transformation with LTI’s MosaicTM platform enabling their mobile, social, analytics, IoT and cloud journeys. Founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited, our unique heritage gives us unrivaled real-world expertise to solve the most complex challenges of enterprises across all industries. Each day, our team of more than 30,000 LTItes enable our clients to improve the effectiveness of their business and technology operations and deliver value to their customers, employees and shareholders.

Being an IT company, LTI leverage technology as part of the  CSR approach, to uplift the quality of life for marginalized communities and enhance the green cover. LTIs CSR intervention are under 3 thrust areas:

  1. Education
  2. Empowerment
  3. Environment

 

About Tisser Artisans Trust

Tisser Artisans Trust is a social venture established to uplift the lives of rural Indian artisans. Tisser shares the mission of fighting poverty through job creation in the rural artisan clusters. We at Tisser, work with rural artisans to co-create handcrafted products for you and try to fuse traditional Indian artforms with contemporary utility products. This allows us to deliver quality products to our customers while supporting our artisans with livelihood opportunities within their communities.