Baripada, July 28 (LocalWire): Four self-help groups in Mayurbhanj district are making rakhis from dry Sabai grass under the guidance of Mayur Shilpa, a wing of Mayurbhanj Sabai Farmers Produce Ltd.
The objective is to avoid Chinese rakhi and cater to the scarcity of rakhis in the market amid Covid-19 as well as people save money which they have to bear more to buy a piece of rakshi in the market during the celebration of Raksha Bandhana.
Vimal Mal, the Deputy CEO of ORMAS, said that four women Self Help Groups are taking part in the initiative and three stalls are now functioning at Rairangpur, Baripada in Mayurbhanj district and one at Bhubaneswar to sell the rakhis.
Maa Andharigudi Purchasing Group, Arnapurna Sabai Producer Group, Mugdha Producer Group in Suliapada along with Guhaldihi Producer Group are making rakhis.
Materials like dry Sabai grass and various coloured cotton are used to make the rakhis.
“We had planned to make these unique rakhis one-and-half-months ago.
A craft designer Chandini Khandelwal has been trained by the SHGs regarding the process of making rakhis from grass.
After a few days of training, the groups began making the rakhis, said Deputy CEO Vimal Mal.
The CEO added that a common man will easily be able to buy the Sabai rakhi, as the price per piece of the rakhis have been fixed between Rs 25 to Rs 30.
“We received an order of 1500 Sabai rakhis initially.
More calls came as local private stalls want to introduce the new items to attract customers instead of Chinese rakhis.
Under the guidance of Mayur Shilpa the initiative was taken for the first time in the district.
The remuneration will be provided to SHGs members,” he said.
Kuni Singh, an SHG member, claims that Chinese rakhis are made with plastic and can cause pollution of water, soil and environment.
Sabai rakhis are pollution free as they are made of grass and hence biodegradable.