Padukas Artisans started from a dream to develop the talent of local tribal craftspersons, provide an opportunity to create and sell artistic products. Padukas Artisans is determined to bring out the natural artistic talents of its craftspersons by giving training in elements of design and color. The artisans are encouraged to take risks in creating their own designs, learn from mistakes, in an atmosphere of joy and play. Padukas identifies its budding artisans and leaders and gives greater responsibility to those who are self starters. The aim is to generate confidence in our artists by encouraging them to work with a design problem until they solve it, no matter how long it takes.
Padukas Artisans employs Adivasi women and men who live on the outskirts of Mumbai. Historically, their main source of income is rice farming, construction work, and day laborer. Padukas artisans have trained and employed over 100 artisans since 2014; many are still employed. Their earnings have allowed them to build and repair homes, send children to better schools, pay for medical expenses, lend money to family members, and buy vehicles. Employment at Padukas has led to emotional rewards: respect in the community, job security, increased self confidence, greater involvement in community, and fearlessness in face of change.
Padukas takes pride in using scraps from the fashion and design industry and turning them into desirable fashion, wearable art, one of a kind jewelry, and colorful home decor. By repurposing scrap fabric, we are reducing the collection of waste in the landfills, and not adding to water pollution, air pollution nor gas pollution. Instead of using new fabric that has a very high water demand, They are creating products without needing new cotton to be grown and causing drain on environmental resources and creation of greenhouse gases.