A vendor arranges rakhis put on display for sale, ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival, at his roadside shop, in Prayagraj, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Representational)(PTI)
A vendor arranges rakhis put on display for sale, ahead of the Raksha Bandhan festival, at his roadside shop, in Prayagraj, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Representational)(PTI)

Jharkhand’s tribal artists make traditional rakhis, urge people to buy ‘desi’ rakhis over Chinese ones

Tribal artists at Jamshedpur-based Kalamandir are making rakhis using traditional items for the upcoming Rakshabandhan festival on August 3.
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand | By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 12:36 AM IST

Tribal artists at Jamshedpur-based Kalamandir are making rakhis using traditional items for the upcoming Rakshabandhan festival on August 3.

Speaking to ANI, Kalamandir Convener Amitabh Ghosh said that the rakhis needed to be of good quality, with a dash of tradition, and should be available at a cheap price to make the people choose them over the Chinese alternative.

“People are calling it Swadeshi rakhi, Jharkhandi rakhi, but I call them traditional rakhis. But it remains to be seen whether the shopkeepers will sell these over the Chinese ones. If we are able to provide a good product at cheap rates, the market will not look towards Chinese made rakhis,” Ghosh said.

Artists who are preparing rakhi at the Kalamandir said that they had started using the traditional patterns and materials on masks, etc during the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

“We are trying to use as less plastic as we can and especially during this lockdown phase we are using the local patterns to add a traditional twist to the rakhis. We are promoting this on social media platforms, and the response so far has been great. Till now, we have made over 11,000 rakhis,” an artist at the centre said.

Meanwhile, in positive news for the artisans in the country shopkeepers in Ahmedabad, Gujarat have claimed that demand for Chinese made rakhis has fallen this Rakshabandhan festival.

“All of us are hurt by China’s actions. Customers who come here are willing to pay a little bit more for Indian products instead of Chinese,” a shopkeeper told ANI here.

Customers at the shop said that they would rather opt for the indigenous rakhis rather than those imported from China as they are better in quality and are traditional.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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