This indigenous artist of Chhattisgarh is preparing unique things like slippers, bricks, bags, sculptures, lamps from Cow dung
Raipur. We all know that cow dung is very useful. Manure made from cow dung acts as an excellent organic fertilizer. Apart from this, people in the village make dung cakes and use it as domestic fuel. Apart from these uses of cow dung, cow dung gas is also prepared from it, but has anyone ever thought that daily use things like slippers, bags can also be made from cow dung.
Desi artists are doing such unique applications in Gothan, Chhattisgarh. This artist is unique by giving such shape to the dung
Artifacts, seeing which one finds it difficult to believe that they have been made from cow dung.
The development of this unique art started with the courageous step of an innovator. Ritesh Gupta of Raipur, 15 years ago, did not know anything about agriculture and animal husbandry, but he always had a connection with nature. Understanding the pollution spread around and his responsibilities towards the environment, he decided to leave his job and join Gauseva. He joined the local cowshed and started working. This is where a new skill started.
how the idea of making cow dung slippers came
Actually, the idea of making slippers out of cow dung came to Ritesh with the aim of fulfilling a wish of his grandmother. Ritesh says that his grandmother always used to complain that in the village house, the furs were cold due to the dung script in the ground. Whereas due to the tiles in the houses of the city, that coolness and relief are not felt. On this matter of grandmother, Ritesh thought that cow dung cannot be smeared on the tiles of the house, in such a situation, can its slippers be made to wear on the feet? after that he Made eco friendly slippers made of cow dung for his grandmother.
They have used cow dung, guarsum and lime to make this sandal. It took about 10 days to make one sandal. 10 chappals are made from one kg of cow dung. Even if these slippers get wet in the rain for 3-4 hours, they do not get spoiled. It can be dried in the sun and used again. Seeing the slippers made for grandmother, Ritesh was ordered by other people to make such slippers and then he started making it commercially. The cost of these slippers is around Rs 400.
After seeing this invention of Ritesh, he is getting many orders of bags and slippers from many cities of the country. Till now he has made and sold about 1000 slippers.
Along with innovation, welfare of cow dynasty is also happening
After the formation of the Congress government in Chhattisgarh, the work of development of Gothani and Govansh started. In this sequence, those cows started to be kept in Gothan, which their owners leave as strays because of not giving milk. Sufficient quantity of cow dung was available in Gauthan and
And this Gauthan became the laboratory of innovation for Ritesh. At present, Ritesh handles the job of handling the Gothan made by the state government. The people of the Municipal Corporation bring injured and wandering cows from around Raipur to this Gaushala for food. The service of cows is also done here and many attractive multi-useful materials are prepared from the dung obtained from them. Many people are now involved with Ritesh in this work. At present, about 30 types of products are being prepared using cow dung in Gothan.
At present, 385 in this Gaushala
There are cows. Their feed is also taken care of. He also brings waste vegetables from the city’s vegetable market, which become good fodder for the cow. Many women are also working in Gauthan and are learning the skill of making artistic items from cow dung. Recently, these artists had prepared a budget bag made of cow dung for the budget of the Chhattisgarh government, which was discussed a lot.
(You can also contact Ritesh on his mobile number 84618 83203 to buy slippers made of cow dung.)