Lantana Craft Centre

Mission: Strengthening/ Sustaining the Lantana Craft Center (LCC) by customizing products for rural and urban markets

Background: Lantana is one of the world’s most invasive weeds. It is used as a substitute for native species such as bamboo and cane and strengthening the livelihood of Soliga tribal community. No-cost and simple skills are used to empower the community. ATREE introduced Lantana craft as a way of improving livelihoods through furniture and other utility products. This contributes conservation of native plant diversity in natural forest.

Product diversification: Simple technique of bending Lantana stems, which made it possible to make a range of products like baskets, furniture, toys, utilities, ornaments, and life-size elephants.

Till now: ATREE has trained over 650 people in lantana craft, 40% of these folk are women. Trained artisans derive nearly 80% of their cash income from lantana crafts. The average income of an artisan ranges from Rs 12500 – 16000. Health cards and insurance coverage provided for 360 artisans. ATREE disseminates technology and craft to NGOs and 7 forest communities in 23 forest areas of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Maharashtra.

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkure Post, Bangalore-560064 Tel: 91-80-23635555, Fax: 91-80-23530070
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Contact numbers for training and product enquiry: Narayana-9449203638, Murgesh-7676303162, Jadeyappa-9480907180 Address: Lantana Craft Center (LCC), Keeranhola village, Nagamalai Road, MM Hills Post, Kollegal Taluk, Chamrajanagara District – 571 490, Karnataka.