Mubarakpur is an ancient handloom weaving cluster with evidence of fine silk weaving being practiced here since the 14th century. Even the famous medieval traveller Ibn Batuta had praised the high quality fabrics being made in Mubarakpur in his travel diaries. A luxurious satin weave with zari motifs had historically been the highlight of this area but over the years the handloom skill was lost leading to a decline in the fame of Mubarakpur.
In Kulgam district of Kashmir a craft based enterprise development programme was undertaken since 2010 wherein the actual training of the identified beneficiaries in various skills were carried out between 2010- 2011.
In another intervention for Toda and Lambadi embroidery in Tamil Nadu, AIACA has been working with about 250 artisans since 2011 (a 3 year project) and has carried out capacity building and training leading to organization development, legal structuring, design innovation, product development. Training on packaging and marketing has also played a critical role in improving business in a significant way. Additionally, new tools and techniques for production have also been introduced.
AIACA has consistently been working with the craft enterprise, DishaShekhawati in Sujangarh, Churu District, since 2012 when it became a Craftmark member. Many of the women in Sujangarh were left to provide for themselves when their husbands migrated to Gulf countries in search of work. Disha began working with 40 such women and trained them in the craft of Tie and Dye. AIACA has carried out several interventions in Sujangarh including chemical and natural dye training, design development, training for organizational development, production management, and business and financial management.
About 360 women from 4 villages in Ranthambore, SawaiMadhopur District, form part of the enterprise, DastkarRanthambore and practice the crafts of patchwork, block printing, tie-dye, sequin work, pottery, leather, and lac bangles. DastkarRanthambore was a combined initiative of Dastkar and Ranthambore Foundation to resettle communities in the SawaiMadhopur area of Rajasthan who had lost access to wood, water, and farming lands due to the creation of Ranthambore National Park. DastkarRanthambore joined as a Craftmark member in 2006.