The Ants Craft Trust, registered as a Public Charitable Trust in 2009 at Bangalore is an offshoot of the ant.Its mandate is to showcase the handlooms and crafts mainly of the northeast not just to generate and sustain livelihoods but also to stress on the positive features of the people and communities living in the northeast. It has taken over the reins of the Ants Store at Indiranagar, Bangalore from the ant as one of its first activities and is also assisting the ant in running its “northeastising the mainstream” project at its premises. We have two stores now in Bangalore - at Indiranagar & in Whitefield and a third one is opening soon.
Check out details of the ant stores and buy our products online at the store's website : theantsstore.com
Overview of the ant store:
The Ants Store is located in Indiranagar, Bangalore. It houses a wide range of exquisite products like pottery, apparel, jewellery, baskets, etc. sourced mainly from NGOs across the northeast. It also housesa small cafe that not only serves some freshly ground bean coffee but also serves mouthwatering continental dishes and thirst quenching cool beverages. very tastefully done up, The Ants Cafe also provides a space to conduct events like book readings, film screenings, food festivals, musical evenings, etc that introduce the soft power of the northeast people.
We have a inhouse design team which works alongwith the crafts groups and imparts design development appropriate to today’s market trends. We also have an inhouse marketing team which provides the crafts groups with larger marketing opportunities.We work closely with our customers and provide them with the highest quality of designs and products.
The Ants Crafts Trust has a young design team that works with crafts groups and infuses design innovations. This enables traditional motifs woven deftly on simple looms to suit urban lifestyles in India and abroad. The designers’ inputs ensure that the craft survives and thrives. Their young modern sensitivities also help the remote communities to contemporize their traditions.
TACT : Objectives of The Ants Craft Trust
>To preserve and promote the social and economic wellbeing of weavers & craftspersons from the poorest classes of society, especially of tribals, through marketing of handicrafts, skill up gradation and other activities like education and health that are necessary for the same.
>To create a space exclusively for crafts and textiles from the northeast and to promote the identity of the tribes through their craft.
>To increase livelihoods in rural northeast India and to accelerate money circulation for better sustainability of crafts groups in the northeast region of India.
>To promote positive stories above the diverse communities in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura which are clubbed together as inhabitants of the northeast.