Padukas Artisans operates its artisan workshop in the outback of northern Maharashtra, homeland of indigenous tribes of India. Palghar District’s original style of Warli Tribal Art and Craftsmanship continues from the Neolithic period (3000 BC).
In 2014, Padukas workshop was created as a way to nurture sustainable livelihoods for tribal women. These women have natural ability at crafts and aesthetics of color and design. Padukas Artisans combine traditional crafts, (Patchwork Quilting, Warli Painting, Basket making, Fabric Jewelry and Toy Making), with modern design elements. Padukas Artisans is now self-sustaining by reaching a sophisticated market in India and Internationally.
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.