The Crafts Council of India works relentlessly to revitalize craft communities, to help them pass on the traditional knowledge and skills to the next generation.

The ‘Educate to Sustain’ (EtoS) program is a testimony to that.

Classes in mat weaving over the weekend have been well attended at Pattamadai. In a recent skill assessment for the next generation, Development Commissioner Handicrafts conducted in 2020 10 girls were given certificates for proficiency in mat weaving.

Weekend classes for the children of artisans in the program have proved to be very popular in West Bengal. In Panchmura and Bishnupur, Raj Gope, a designer has been conducting sessions with the children for over a year. Classes in Natungram will start soon.