Kashi Project Overview
Wandering through the lanes of the ancient city of Varanasi, the
The City of Lights as Kashi is known as, is a rich melting pot of culture, cuisine and historical legacy. Varanasi is renowned for its sinuous muslin, subtle silk, ephemeral perfumes, intricate ivory work and opulent sculptures. For several centuries Kashi has enjoyed the status of being a vital industrial
Owing to the severe decline of local cottage industries, in recent years, the array of handlooms that once spun around the clock are all but defunct. Traditionally, a month-long
“Swacch-Shikshit-Kushal Kashi” was started with the aim of reviving the dying hand-loom industry of Banaras and has evolved with multi-pronged holistic interventions in the fields of education, health, sanitation & agriculture. The weaver community is trained with latest developments in their field through workshops conducted by Sewa International from time to time, their products branded and sold in exhibitions, their kids educated, and their locality made Open Defecation Free (ODF) through sponsored individual/community toilets. Farmers are given periodic trainings to improve their agricultural skills. Their children are provided education in various educational centers managed by Sewa International. Our recent interventions have been in developing rugs in Chunar area which have been developed by weavers and now, the women folk too. The change is visible, positive and long-lasting.