This Rakhi express your love with bio-degradable rakhis and also see it grow round the year. Women of five villages in the state have crafted innovative rakhis using indigenous cotton from Vidarbha region and seeds of different fruits and vegetables.
After use, seeds from the rakhis can be sown or thrown out on barren or farm land where the seeds would germinate into saplings.
The special rakhis have hit the markets before the festival
Cotton yarns from Vidarbha, is collected and taken to Paradsinga village in Madhya Pradesh, where Nutan, a young girl (studying BSc) from the village teach women from nearby villages how to make rakhis from this coloured yarn.
Talking to TOI Nutan said, “This initiative will be a perfect natural and memorable gift between a brother and sister,” she added.
These Rakhis are completely made from cotton yarn. These indigenous cotton varieties are AKA 7 and Anand 1. It is organically grown by farmers in Vidarbha. Colours used for colouring cotton are hand-spun by women of Vidarbha using charkhas. This completely localised and eco-friendly yarn is then transformed into Rakhis by 50 women of 5 different villages in Madhya Pradesh, including Kelwad, Satnoor, Khairi, Paradsinga, which lies on the border of Nagpur district.
“Indigenous seeds of lentils like gram, pigeon peas or toor dal, moong along with all the seeds of organic vegetables grown in a kitchen garden are placed as decoration on this rakhi and they will be sold at reasonable prices like Rs 20 and Rs 30. Sow them after the festival is done and see it growing.”
The idea is, to overcome flaws in our production system, and make the cotton to cloth process localized again. Some people have started working on different aspects of the process,” said Lalit Vikamshi, from Gram Art, which has started the initiative with farmers and women of nearby villages along with Nagpur Beejotsav group.
This Rakhi provides a smart alternative to stuff available in the markets. It is not just a commodity, but an idea and a hope for the future. Through this we are trying to connect the producers, processors and consumers with each other, said Lalit.
From: Green knot: Tie rakhi and sow veggie seed (TOI article)
More details, from Lalit and Shweta:
Hope you are good. We have worked upon a new concept of Eco Friendly Desi Cotton Rakhi with indigenous seed. We also think that you would like the idea and would be interested in it. The concept is well explained in the TOI article (above)
You can also see a short video that we’ve made here:
Please find the attached images of Rakhis for a tentative idea of design. The Rakhis are available in the price range of 20/- , 25/- and 30/- respectively.
These rakhis are made in 4 different villages, by 50 women, these women work from their home itself, each Rakhi is handmade so has unique design and colour combination.
Please let us know in which price range and how many rakhis you want, we will courier the rakhis to you if you live out of Nagpur.
You need to pay courier charges which will depend on the number of Rakhis you order and the payment of Rakhi.
As soon we get orders from you , we will post you the rakhis and you can transfer money in our bank account.
Thank you for taking interest in eco friendly, farmer friendly, exploitation free rakhi initiative…
Please find the bank account details:-
Bank of Maharashtra…
Ac no: 20029083714
Branch; Karve Nagar, Nagpur…
Micr code : 440014022…
ifsc code: MAHB0001165
After transferring the money please sms on 09373112912 and email on firstname.lastname@example.org