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Ladakh has been a land of distinct and unique culture and tradition since long. It’s peculiar geographical location, diverse climatic conditions and more or less isolated way of life has nurtured and preserved different kind of local arts as per need base Ladakh Ecological Development group emphasizes on local tradition, and promotes local handicraft and products which are made by the women’s self help groups from villages and LEDeG helps in empowerment through training and workshops and help them sell their products through LEDeG.

Handicraft intervention

Through intervention in handicrafts LEDeG strives to:

  • Preserve the cultural heritage of Ladakh and the Ladakhi people through popularizing their art and artefacts.

  • Utilize the local resources through value addition and inclusion of appropriate and cost effective technologies.

  • Provide a dedicated marketing infrastructure and logistic support for handicrafts manufactured.

  • Generate sustainable and alternate sources of livelihood to its people.

  • Strengthen community based institutions.

Marketing Approach

A variety of handicraft products manufactured by SHGs are marketed through LEDeG. The majority of the products are woollen and Pashmina items, both of which are cheap raw-materials available in the region. LEDeG’s handicraft team takes care of the whole production cycle by advising, supporting and training the artisan groups, keeping in view the market demand.

Since the majority of these SHGs are based in far-flung areas of Ladakh and have poor infrastructure, LEDeG has made a buy-back arrangement of handicrafts from these promoted SHGs. The product line is then marketed through LEDeG’s Crafts Shop at its Karzoo office in Leh and other exhibitions throughout the country.

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