The ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival this year will be celebrated with local flavour from all around the country, as many organisations are following the Prime Minister’s call for ‘Vocal for Local’.
This comes at the time when many shops decided to boycott rakhis coming from China and show their solidarity towards the Make in India movement.
Made using indigenous cotton and an assortment of seeds, these rakhis are put together by a group of talented women from a remote village in Madhya Pradesh.
A company called 21Fools makes sustainable products from materials like seed paper, reclaimed wood, handspun cotton yarn, and cork cloth. This company is selling the best alternative to your fancy rakhis – plantable Rakhis!
They have made almost 4 million various sustainable products from their workshop in Sanganer, Jaipur.
Indore’s Shweta Paliwal has made innovative eco-friendly rakhis and Ganesh idols along with other decorative items out of cow dung, ahead of Raksha Bandhan and Ganesh Chaturthi.
Shweta is in favour of promoting self-reliant India and boycotting Chinese goods. Moreover, she seemed more willing to send these rakhis and idols to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
She has also started designing masks, attractive sculptures and showpieces for home decoration. Besides, she has made wonderful paintings on masks made of cotton cloth.
Women in Banswara, Rajasthan have pledged to use everything Indian and boycott China-made goods while tying ‘Swadeshi rakhi’ on their brothers’ wrists on Raksha Bandhan.
Besides Banswara, large scale rakhi production has started in Bharatpur too in attempt to boost the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign.
Many people in Bharatpur are getting engaged in making rakhis using cowdung and Tulsi seeds while rejecting the Made-in-China materials.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, nearly 1,000 rural women with the financial backing of the Himachal Pradesh government have been making hand-made designer ‘rakhis’ from household material.
For this, 200 self-help groups comprising 987 members have been actively involved in making the ‘rakhis’. “We have been providing financial assistance of Rs 40,000 to each self-help group to start an initiative of self-employment,” said Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Special Secretary Lalit Jain on Saturday. He said making ‘rakhis’ is also part of the initiative.
Raksha Bandhan, a festival of the bond between brothers and sisters, will be celebrated on August 3.
(With Agency Inputs)