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Traditional Arts School

Preserving a dying art form and creating jobs

Amma’s Amrita University runs an institute dedicated to reviving the traditional craft of wood carving, as part of a broader mission to help preserve India’s cultural heritage. The school’s courses have been specially designed to address issues that have plagued the handicrafts industry in recent years. In order to raise quality standards while simultaneously increasing output capacity, the courses incorporate modern machinery-based sculpting skills. The school also trains its students in negotiation as well as how to work effectively with banks. The school will identify and train 1,000 students over the next five years who have a natural aptitude for the craft. Each student receives a monthly stipend to cover living expenses during their studies. The school is also providing training to some of our women’s self-help groups.

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