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The Todas - A Photo Essay

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The  Todas - A Photo Essay

The Todas are a fascinating and distinctive tribe from the mountains of Nilgiris. 

We were born from the belly of the grasslands”

~Toda woman

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The Story Behind Our Name

The Story Behind Our Name

One of the most common questions asked to me is: What does the name Ruas mean? I can completely understand the curiosity. It is such a different name and quite unlike the usual names for organizations in the Social Impact sector. I have answered it several times and have some quick practiced sentences I say every time. However, to be honest it is a tough question to answer. Why? Because it is deeply personal. When I started working on the idea of running a company for empowering women artisans, I wanted the name to mean something. Today I want to...

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India's first illustrative Meet The Artist series featuring 23 artists!

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India's first illustrative Meet The Artist series featuring 23 artists!

Art is a powerful source of transformation, inspiration, encouragement and an apt instrument for critiquing our world. Yet being an artist in India is not seen as a good choice. We may know a couple of names of popular artists, but there are many we do not hear about. We at Ruas, believe there is a huge scope for creative spiritis to prosper in India. Whether they are artists or traditional artisans carrying on with their historic craft forms, we need to give them the platform, space and opportunity they need. So, we decided to bring together various artists from...

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Laxmi Ben - A Natural Leader

Laxmi Ben - A Natural Leader

I first met Laxmi Ben in 2014. At that time, she was a student of Somaiya Kala Vidyalaya - a college started by Judy Frater to give traditional artisans a platform to learn business skills and become successful entrepreneurs. Fast forward to now, she is a faculty at the school and has created several of our collections along with being a part of several exhibitions herself. Laxmi advising women on their designs Laxmi started to embroider at the age of 14 and has been in love with it ever since. She is passionate about playing with colors and creating new...

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Happy International Women's Day!

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Happy International Women's Day!

Today is 8 March International Women’s Day! A good day to remember and celebrate all the awesome women of this world, including women artists and artisans! But also a day when the world unfortunately still needs to raise awareness of issues such rape, sexual violence, women’s right to self-determination, economic empowerment and political representation, to name a few. What about Women and Arts? Painter Frida Kahlo image source: http://clas.berkeley.edu/research/art-hybrid-sources-frida-kahlo Well, as one might suspect women have been largely underrepresented in art history, all forms combined. We all know Picasso or Monet, but how many female painters from that time do we know?...

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