About Rajghat Nari Samity (ISRI)
The Rajghat Nari Samity was started in 1979 with a handful of women from rural areas of Rajghat, Tripura. We are 5 full-time artisans who make bamboo bottles and 10 women weavers who are involved in weaving handloom products.
Our team consists of unemployed educated youth, housewives, single women, widows and elderly women. We have graduates as well as members with minimum qualifications of class 5.
We call our products ‘Isri’, which means queen in Kokborok, a language that is spoken by the indigenous tribe. Isri, because we believe that we deserve to be treated like queens in our daily lives. We deserve to work and earn as equals and live a life of dignity. Isri also reflects the quality of a queen who is very calm and composed, at the same time strong enough to take up all responsibilities.
Our motive behind the formation of Rajghat Nari Samity is community development in rural areas of Rajghat in Tripura. We belong to the indigenous community of Tripura and believe in economic freedom among women.
Our artisans and weavers are skilled in making traditional items. We are an indigenous group in Tripura who are trying to commercialize our products according to market demand. We are trying to create fusion style products which will have a touch of our traditional art in both handlooms as well as handicrafts.
Our artisans have also received training from FRCLE (Forest Research Centre for Livelihood Extension) and TRPC (Tripura Rehabilitation and Plantation Centre) and our weavers have also taken training from Dept. of Handloom (Govt. of Tripura), JICA and WSC (Weavers’ Service Centre).
Step 1: Procuring the cotton thread from the market. Step 2: Explaining the designs to the weavers. Step 3: Spinning of the thread as per the requirement of the design. Step 4: Weaving the thread in the looms. Step 5: Weaving of naal for design. Step 6: Weaving and designing. Step 7: Finishing and value addition.
Step 1: The bamboos are treated using organic ingredients such as neem leaves, turmeric, soda, etc. Step 2: Drying. Step 3: Smoking. Step 4: Cut in sizes as per inner bottle. Step 5: Cleaning the inner bamboo for fitting the bottle. Step 6: Cleaning the upper layer and smoothening of the bottle. Step 7: Fitting the inner bottle with glue/araldite. Step 8: Use of sealer and varnishing for the finished product.
Our craftsmen in handicrafts are skilled in making bamboo bottles, bamboo brooms, bamboo lampstands, bamboo baskets, bamboo files/folders, bamboo laptop bags, bamboo decorative items and utilities. And our weavers are skilled in sarees, stoles/dupattas, gamchas, dress materials, etc.
Our artisans and weavers have 3 to 6 years of experience in the field of handicrafts and handlooms.
Participation in exhibitions
We have participated in Tripura Shilpa mela in 2007, Jharkhand Expo mela in 2005 and Tripura tribal cultural mela in 2019.
Our future plans are:
1. Constructive training and enabling women to earn with respect.
2. Education in entrepreneurship and art to create new livelihood collectives.
3. Economic security and sustainable incomes for rural households.