I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.
Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.
The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
Some crafts are on the verge of extinction. We at Raun Harman are making a modest attempt to revive them.
Extinction, because there are few takers for their products. Hand crafted goods are created by 'the imagination" and traditional skills. Some skills are so intricate and so specialized that the manufacturing process is a secret, closely guarded by a small number of families.Some of these arts have been carried over from one generation to the other for many centuries. But the art in itself has tremendous potential. The craftists spend weeks in a row to make a magnificent piece of art, but what they get paid is much less compared to the inputs. So, they tend to adopt other jobs that are 'more paying'.
Now, when Raun Harman sources directly from these craftists, without any middlemen, they get a better price for their production. They remain in their traditional professions. The craft which was facing extinction, now lives.
Revival of crafts is the path towards poverty alleviation and environment protection, two topical and compelling concerns worldwide. So, when you buy their goods, besides making a financial contribution to the craftist, you are improving your KARMA.
We strongly believe that information about a crafts history, about materials and craft processes can be an inspiring part of a brand and product’s story.