Rejecting Chinese rakhis this year, thousands of sisters in Kullu district have decided to go for the rakhis made by various NGOs, women groups, and specially-abled and orphans children.
Since special rakhi markets have not been set up this year to maintain social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, this allowed many to make rakhis at home. Several NGOs, women self-help groups (SHGs), and a large number of children have designed their rakhis over the past few days and those have found favor with the local populace. While some are selling their rachis in markets, others are providing the home delivery facility.
Sudarshana Thakur of Radha NGO said the children at her organization asked her if they could make and sell rakhis, as the country is boycotting Chinese products. “They made a large number of rakhis, which are selling like hotcakes. We sold them not just in Kuhotcakesi, but orders were received from other districts as well. Usually, we make and sell pickles and hand-woven products,” she said.
Rakhis made by nearly 35 specially-abled children in Nav Chetna NGO have also become very popular in the Sarwari region of Kullu. NGO’s president Prabhu said, “We give vocational training on different things to our children. This time they learned rakhi making. Our rakhis got a good response from people.”
Even Himachal’s largest weavers’ society Bhuttico is selling desi rakhis through its showrooms spread across the state. The rakhis made of pure wool and other local products are also in good demand.
Bhutti Weavers Cooperative Society (Bhuttico) managing director Ramesh Thakur said, “Coronavirus has affected the livelihood of weavers as well. So, they decided to make rakhis. Our weavers have made a large number of rakhis of different designs, which are available in all our showrooms for Rs 10 to 50.”
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)