Today I am sharing the story of a inspiring woman who did excellent work for her as well as the women who is working with her.A lady who dropout school in class 8th ,married at the age of 17 and after marrying lost her son when he was one and half year .Ruma Devi Ji i am putting ji in her name because she deserve this respect from all of us. Ruma Devi grew up in Rawsar, a hamlet in the border district of Barmer, a part of the Thar Desert. Rajasthani villager Ruma Devi does not look like the fashionista ,but she is.She was born into poor joint family.Her mother died when she was only 5 years old.after her father’s second marriage,she raised by her paternal uncle and aunt.She learnt embroidery from her Grandmother.
With help of Mahila Baal Vikas Group she made a group with 10 other local women.They contributed Rs.100 each to bought a sewing machine and started making bags.After some time they contacted who is connected with a NGO the social activist Shree Vikram Singh Ji,,who supported alot. Under his guidance they started making any other product also like cushions cover ,garments and bedsheets. Soon the more women joined her and later the number increased to 22000 women from the rural villages come to join her. Then, sometime in 2008, she gathered up enough courage and started the Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan (GVCS), for working for the women artisans.In 2012 she rejected the offer of designer Anita Dongre to launch her collection in Lakme Fashion Week as she was not enough confident .
She has been a promoter for handcrafted products made by Tribal women. She has herself modelled for handcrafted apparels made by Thar women on ramp shows at the state and national level. She has been the chief initiator and motivator in making women attend training workshops conceptualized by her for better skill development. She has also designed contemporary products in furnishings and apparels to reach out to the youth of today and popularize and promote handcrafted goods at the international level. A role model and initiator of change she has been successful in generating continuous income for artisans and their families .
Ruma Devi started designing skirts, shirts and saris with Barmer motifs. She persuaded officials at the Rajasthan Heritage Week in Jaipur in 2016 to give her a show at the festival, where the then chief minister Vasundhara Raje was present. Her ‘Handmade in Rajasthan, a tribute to Barmer’, at the 2017 Rajasthan Day celebrations had women artisans walking the ramp.
GVCS under her guidance has had the privilege of participating in the Rajasthan Heritage Week and ramp shows in IGHF for consecutive three years since 2016. It has also been promoting the rich heritage of Rajasthan state in HEIM Textile Fair Germany, Singapore Craft Fair and the prestigious London Fashion Week. Its work has been recognized and appreciated in the British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.
- Selected for the prestigious “Nari Shakti Puruskar 2018” the highest civilian honour for Women in India.
- Awarded by World CSR Congress as 51 most impactful innovators (A Global Listing) 2019.
- Award for exemplary work in handicraft sector by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Textile Ministry of India 2018.
- Honour at Germany & Singapore Fair for the promotion of handcrafted products 2017.
- Honour by Women on Wings Netherlands 2016.
- Shilpa Abhimani Award for the promotion of handicrafts by the Govt.of Srilanka.
- Honoured by the prestigious “India Today Magzine” as the face of its cover page for the 2018 anniversary edition.
Today she is successfully leading artisans and fighting for the rights of artisans and for her craft, which links with her & our country history, culture and identity.Ruma devi came to highlighted when he coma at KBC for Karamveer Episode with Actress Sonakshi Sinha in that episode Ruma devi use great solan of her life..”DATE RAHO AUR KHADE RAHO” TOO GOOD..
This lady inspired us that nothing is impossible... if you are determined enough, you can find a way to achieve what you want, even if it is very difficult