Mothers are not passing on the skills to their daughters as the time spent on these skills is now being consumed by other interesting things such as television or other more financially rewarding things such as small jobs. As the urban world around them gets closer and closer to their habitat and as their desires expand, the first casualty in the hurry to catch up with the rest of the world, is their traditional lifestyle. And the most time-consuming non-essential aspects are the ones to be given up first. This includes the substitution of traditional textiles by factory made clothing leading to the eventual extinction of skills.
As an outsider I have watched and lamented. And felt helpless as it was only natural for them to want what others have. Who are we to stop them from switching to the consumption of new mass-produced products.
But over time it became clear that they might still continue with their old traditions if
a) they are reminded of the pride they have in their old lifestyle and
b) continuing those traditions offers equal financial rewards as any other occupation.
c) a little motivational nudge is provided to set the process of teaching & learning in motion
This has been seen in some communities and with external intervention by change agents, the devastating loss of art skills has been prevented.
APRIL 2018: LAUNCH OF PHASE II
The report on the Launch of Phase II is here on the blog!
Exciting times ahead as the community stepped outside their daily life and engaged in this mission.