Padukas Artisans

Handmade with the Heart and Soul of India

Who are Padukas Artisans?

Padukas Artisans operates as an artisan workshop in the outback of northern Maharashtra, the home of several indigenous tribes of India. Palghar district has its own original style of tribal art and craftsmanship known as Warli art. Its roots can be traced to the Neolithic period, between 2500 and 3000 B.C. It has been passed down from generation to generation in the tribe, occupying an important position in the Warli culture. Paintings were initially done solely by women in a mural form, on the walls of their houses during important occasions like festivals.

In 2014, Padukas Artisans workshop was created by the NGO, Om Gagangiri Maharaj Ashirwadit Trust in response to local tribal women asking for work and income. Drawing upon the women's natural ability at crafts and aesthetics of color and design, Padukas Artisans began training women and men in new crafts and utilizing their traditional methods. The NGO's goal has been to develop the talents of the craftspersons, and provide an opportunity to create and sell artistic products that encourage self-confidence and pride in the modern world. By combining traditional crafts with modern design elements, Padukas Artisans has successfully reached a broader and more sophisticated market. Some of the methods honed by our artisans has been Patchwork Quilting, Warli Painting, Basket making, Fabric Jewelry and Toy Making.

The Craftmark India ( verified in early 2020 that Padukas Artisans is creating genuine Indian handicrafts in the forms of Patchwork and Warli painting. Padukas Artisans meets their sector-wide minimum standards and norms for labeling a product as a Craftmark Approved Indian-made handicrafts

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At Padukas Artisans, we follow Dorothy Parker’s idea:
” Creativity is a wild mind with a disciplined eye. “

Creating Art that nourishes the Soul

Padukas Artisans is determined to bring out the natural artistic talents of its  craftspersons by giving hands-on  training in elements of design and color. Our artisans are encouraged to take risks in creating their own designs, learn from making mistakes, in an atmosphere of joy and play.  We purposefully  train our artisans to see beauty and create quality through attention to detail. 

Demystifying the creative process is core to our success. Being in the outback of India, it is difficult to access the modern art world. With the exposure to the internet, our artisans can access inspiring work of other artists from around the world and use it to take their own work to a new level. In the last century, Modern artists looked to tribal art for inspiration. Now at Padukas, we turn the table around and look to modern artists who can inspire our tribal artists in new exciting directions. 

Padukas identifies its budding leaders and gives greater responsibility to those who are self starters. Our aim is to generate confidence in our artists by encouraging them to working with a design problem until they solve it. Padukas wishes to foster this ability which eventually leads to mastery and superior ar

A Sustainability for Artisans and Customers

Padukas Artisans takes pride in being able to take scraps from the fashion and design industry and turn them into desirable fashion, wearable art, one of a kind jewelry, and colorful home decor. By re-purposing fabric, we are reducing the collection of waste in the landfill, not adding to water, air and gas pollution and also lowering our overhead costs.

Padukas Artisans is teaching its artisans how to access a greater share of the market, and profit through its enhanced and sustainable business practices.  The artists are taught the necessary business skills to be self sustaining: marketing, accounting, production, design and quality control. The managers and budding leaders are exposed to a larger more sophisticated markets through expositions, bazaars, pop-ups shows, and running its own gift shop locally. Shri Nityanand Education Trust is training the women to eventually take ownership of Padukas Artisans and truly be self sustaining through their own efforts.

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"It isn't enough just looking for the quality in the products we buy, we must ensure that there is quality in the lives of the people who make them."

- Orsola De Castro

Each product you buy gets us one step closer towards making 100 such women economically Independent.

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Padukas Store at Fire Mountain Retreat Centre
Village Nimboli, Near Hanuman mandir, Post Keltan, ( Near Ganeshpuri)
Taluka Wada, District Palghar 401204
Maharashtra, India