Traditional Knowledge


Tulsi Mala Beads Making Device


Engineering Sciences, Traditional Knowledge

Sub Area:

Rural Livelihood, Women Empowerment, Design Ergonomics

Focus Area:

Beads Making Device

Social Benefit:

Rural Development, Women

Developing Agency:

Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), IIT Delhi

Technology Readiness Index:

Ready for market launch

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Brief Description

Description :

In the villages of Brij area (Mathura, Vrindavan) and nearby villages of Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, spherical beads are made from the stems of Holy Basil (Tulsi). Artisans have devised their own conventional arrangements for turning, drilling, polishing and cutting of beads from the stem of Holy Basil (Tulsi). The process is cumbersome, the productivity is low and the quality is inconsistent. An Improved device for making Tulsi Mala beads has been developed at RuTAG IIT Delhi. The Artisans are happy working on the improved device. Success Stories: Currently being used in Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Vendors have been identified for fabrication, manufacturing and assembly. Adapted by AMMACHI labs, Amritapuri for improvement of women livelihood. Salient Features of Newly Developed Device: A base plate is provided to support the motor so that it need not be carried by hand. Steel bars are provided for support & horizontal sliding of the base plate in forward and backward direction. A switch is provided to stop the motor, instead of stopping it manually with fingers. Power supply is provided, to run the motor apart from battery. A New Stem holder with improved features of self-locking, alignment with reduced vibration has been introduced at a very low cost. Contactless switch based on infrared (IR) sensor is under development due to the shorter life span of the manual switches. Impact of Technology: Nearly 165 machines have been sold .Better sitting posture. Consistent finishing of beads. Ergonomically better device. Enhanced productivity & income. Cost of improved Tulsi Mala beads making device, Rs. 6,500.

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