Maildih Handicraft Jharkhand


‘JHARKHAND’ A state of infinite beauty natural, cultural and individual. A beautiful land of beautiful people lands of great freedom fighter Birsa Munda. ‘Maildih’ a village in Hundru is situated in the lap of the Jharkhand’s heart – Ranchi.
Entire area is covered by dense forest all we see is never ending green so refreshing. Maildih is near Hundru fall the 34th highest waterfall of India. Sound of the cascading water and narrow streams seems like soulful music to the ears.
It is mesmerizing to see that such a beauty is crafted by god. There are some more crafted things which are being created by the tribal people of Maildih.

The richness of their culture and custom, heritage and traditions are vividly and distinctly reflecting in their art and craft. The craft is inherent occupation of the village. Maildih handcrafters means of income is literally non existent as the handicraft which is their livelihood is on the verge to die.

Maildih the lone torch of his art has relentlessly pursuit to keep the craft alive. But lack of support to the activity leads to leaser interest of the younger generation. Old people are engaged in the craft. This have made the art get confined to few.

‘Gramin Bharti Sewa Sanstha’ a non-government organization recognized the potential of the crafters. Handicraft is the main source of income for the most of the people of Maildih. Softwood, primary requisite to carry out the craft is available in the nearby forest. They bring out the soft woods from branches of the trees without actually harming the vegetation. The essence of the craft lies in the complexity and geometric pattern.

The craftsmen convert the primary raw material (softwood) from simple tools to beautiful products which needs to be appreciated. Marketing is the main challenge for the handcrafters of Maildih. They only able to sell their handicrafts at the months of end of the year and starting of the new year. And the rest oof the months they satisfy their hunger by working as a labour in the nearby hydro-electric power plant.
Some of them migrate to main Ranchi in search of other jobs. The need of the hour is to revive the craft and to provide opportunities to these craftsmen to sell their products in different corners of the state and worldwide.

A shocking 17.7 million children in India are out of school. Working in hazardous conditions, living on the street, braving hunger, poverty and violence, childhood for them has become an endless struggle to survive. Amidst the severe cold of winters, a pride of valiant youths having immense fire inside visited the tola Maieldih of Hundru village and Benti village of Angara block. Assessment of the hitherto scenario and coming to conclusion of lagging quality education facilities to the village children and thereby drawing inspiration from Swami Vivekananda Ji thought regarding education ultimately gave birth to the programme named“RATRI PATHSHALA”.Following the grassroots participation of rural masses in order to frame decentralized planning through the Gram Sabha meeting, the organization have selected the educated youths from both the spots (Maildih & Benti) to participate in this program. And then with great energy and effort we have started the night schooling Maieldih centre was inaugurated by the peoples of Maieldih and Benti. GBSS entitled to bear the entire operational costs and avail the required study materials to the children’s and teaching materials and periodic training to the youth educator.

Kumar Preetam Puri

(Member of Gramin Bharti)


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