Developed remotely at the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, during the summer of 2021, Shilpa is a project that seeks to address changes in livelihood for craftspeople in the Indian subcontinent. In searching for a viable alternative for lost commerce, Shilpa wants to create alternatives that can be sustained even after the pandemic has ended. How can viable change be made? How can Covid-19 be utilized as an opportunity for growth?
How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected the experiences of Indian Craftspeople?
During Interviews with local and international craftspeople, the team was able to uncover several insights regarding the main issues faced by artisan communities both before and during the pandemic:
• Working with Middlemen
• Loss of profit
• Language barriers of Entry
• Order Management and Logistics
• Inventory Control
• Onboarding processes on e-commerce sites
Shilpa seeks to provide solutions to some of these problems, starting with the removal of middlemen, and language barriers.
How might we help Indian Craftspeople improve their livelihoods during the Covid-19 pandemic with solutions that can be sustained in the future?