Skilled Samaritan Foundation (SSF) was founded in 2012 and has been working closely with the rural communities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan. Our initial projects focused on implementing solar rural electrification solutions in villages and schools; and through our journey in these villages, we discovered traditional furniture styles originating in the early 1800s.
Our aim is to reinvent these vernacular designs using mostly waste and unused materials that are unique to our artisans' locale, to create exclusive products for contemporary spaces.
The start of our journey: Sirohi
Steeped in history and age-old traditions, Sirohi is an arcadian village surrounded by dramatic magnificent scenery and artificial lakes, located amidst the Aravali hills of Haryana. With a population of almost 3500 individuals living in 370 homes, Sirohi was a hidden charm that Skilled Samaritan put on the map 2 years ago when it lit the village with solar lights.
Sirohi's dreamy lakes, the fragrance of its wild herbs, and the slow crash of the Aravalis all combined for a romantic aura in the village that lit in us a unique sense of creativity.
Our focus moved to design and craft after we spent half a decade in these villages, where we hand-picked artisans from the interiors of Northern India to revive and re-introduce age old forms of weaving and Indian designs to develop products using Chindi (cloth rags) from the heart of Rajasthan and pre-consumer waste plastic from the dusty hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh.
....a combination of traditional techniques, waste materials and fascinating artisanal skill, our hope is to instil values that make talented individuals India's Skilled Samaritans!