Ms. Rida Gatphop

Organisation:

Dakti Craft

Location:

Shillong (Meghalaya)

Problem:

There is a great opportunity for handcrafted products that are rare and unique to our region especially under the Vocal for Local movement. Some of the problems we face are a lack of trained and inspired individuals in the sector to help in scaling up this venture, lack of opportunity for skilled and valuable talent with traditional knowledge, lack of ideas to use organic and natural materials that are available in abundance, lack of encouragement to create livelihood through sustainable means, lack of industry certification for the products like a food-safe, cook safe, etc., lack of effort to bring geographic identity for the local crafts.

Solution:

Dakti products are distinct for their simplicity in design and for creating a natural experience. The same can be said about our design approach. Along with creating a functional product we try to pass along some values or a tradition. All products have natural colours and textures. We believe in creating a sustainable working eco-system where the gifts of nature and human skill are nurtured responsibly. Our idea is to leave a zero carbon footprint and use clean energy in our production process.

Scalability and Impact:

Currently, we are setting up our design studio cum workshop in the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya, where we will conduct much-needed training and R&D. The Dakti production model is based on collaboration with the idea of coexisting in harmony with nature. Our activities are spread across various villages in Meghalaya where the crafts belong. Dak_TI maintains a network of craftsmen and a list of trusted vendors to procure raw material. With each year we explore a new craft to expand our catalog and our range.

Requirements:

Yes

Awards and Recognition:

1. Wipro- Nature Forever Society Sparrow Awards 2016 for the exemplary work in the field conservation by using music and culture to connect with the communities. 2. The Telegraph North East Excellence Award 2017 for extraordinary contributions to sustainable solutions for growth and development of the Northeast Region. 3. National Entrepreneurship Award 2019 by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India in New Delhi.

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