Pith Worker

Coir Worker

Minimum - 5th standard pass

Will be updated

The tasks a Pith Worker, Wood is expected to perform include:

Preparing models, figures and toys from pith (soft wood) using small hand tools

Soaking pith in water for required period to soften it; washing, removing dirt and saline content from soaked pith

Squeezing out excess water and drying it on platform

Powdering dried pith in flour mill and straining or sieving powder with hand strainer

Mixing pith powder with other ingredients like saw dust, powder of special type of bark, gum,

etc. in required proportions

Mixing them thoroughly by tramping or kneading into dough

Spreading dough on table to form sheets of clay of required thickness

Cutting and putting sheets of clay into required moulds and pressing it to give shape to different forms

Tying all parts of mould according to shape with string

Filling in hollow spaces with waste paper for strength, removing mould after some time and drying figure in shade

Competent in making toys, models and figures from pith

Knowledge of features of soft wood

Proficient in planning tasks in correct sequence

Competent in colouring and giving finishing touches to toys

Knowledge of using a variety of hand and power tools

Well-versed with removing waste paper, giving final touch with fine chisel and smoothening with sand paper

Proficient in applying colour, paint, wax and plastic coating to make it waterproof and to give it a natural look

Ability to make toys directly from soaked pith by pressing it in mould and shaping with small hand tools

Ability to make different components or limbs of toys separately and then join them with twine or fine wire

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Attention to detail

Diligent and hardworking

Accuracy in work

Creative mind

Good hand-eye co-ordination

It requires one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is available

Working hours
Handicrafts and carpets units usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from unit to unit

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL), Low Vision (LV) and Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards may include minor injuries to hand and fingers, tiredness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries from hand tools, wooden chips, etc.

For daily wage workers - INR 150 to INR 350 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Employment Prospects and Significant Growth of Indian Handicrafts Industry

Indian Handicrafts represent beauty, dignity, form and style. In the 1970s, the government began initiatives for the preservation of crafts and skill upgrade to focus on meeting the challenges that the sector was facing. However the focus shifted to export in the later decades. It plays a significant role in the country?s economy and provides employment to more than 7.3 million people; mostly from rural and semi-urban areas.

Today, handicrafts and handcrafted gift items manufactured and exported from India are much sought-after and have established an unsurpassable reputation in the international market. According to provisional data, the exports of Indian handicrafts in the period of April-August 2014-15 has shown an increase of US$ 256.32 million, which is about 18.06% over the same period in 2013-14. Based on historical trends, the Handicrafts sector is expected to grow by 16% during 2013?17 and by another 16% during 2017?22. As the industry grows, so will the job opportunities for Pith Worker, Wood.

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