A training programme, ‘Design Development in Tribal Jewellery’ has been organized for 20 tribal
women artisans of Anwesha Tribal Arts and Crafts at Bhubaneshwar in Odisha for a period of 30
days, with support of India Exim Bank.
Anwesha Tribal Arts and Crafts (Anwesha), a non-profit organization, strives for the all-round
development of the tribals of Odisha through training/capacity building of tribal artisans and
marketing their products. Anwesha is also engaged with the tribal artisans in their socio-economic
Anwesha has two production centres in Bhubaneshwar for Dhokra crafts and tribal jewellery. The
organisation seeks to identify, preserve, promote, propagate, innovate, popularize and market tribal
art and craft products – such as the rich and complex art form ‘Dhokra’ a metal made from bronze
and copper-based alloys using a ‘lost wax casting’, that represents the cultural heritage of the tribes
Dambarudhar Behera, Secretary, Anwesha, said, “Our association with Exim Bank, over the past 6
years has helped us grow, progress and expand our horizons, for which we shall be ever thankful to
Exim Bank and look forward to their continued support for many more years to come.”
The current training programme on design development for 20 tribal women artisans of Anwesha, is
the first Online Training Programme supported by the Bank, and has been conceptualized while
adhering to social distancing norms, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current Design Development programme is intended to help to further hone and diversify the
skills of the tribal artisans of Anwesha and generate awareness about advanced techniques and
latest designs, in keeping with market trends.
This is expected to promote / scale-up the domestic as well as international business of Anwesha,
through high-quality hand-crafted products. This training programme shall also lead to improvement
in the livelihood and economic status of the tribal artisans of Anwesha Tribal Arts and Crafts.
Harsha Bangari, Deputy Managing Director, Exim Bank, in her welcome address, acknowledged the
unstinting efforts of Anwesha in the socio-economic upliftment of the tribal artisans and wished the
By: Murtuza Merchant