Ravi Raj, a passionate paper engineer and craft designer hailing from the tribal region of Chhota Udepur in Gujarat, has transformed his childhood curiosity about paper crafts into a remarkable journey of exploration and impact. Graduating with a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur, and holding a bachelor’s in fine arts from Patna University, he has fortified his artistic foundation for the innovative work that was to follow.
Since 2021, Ravi Raj has been deeply engaged in developing handmade paper project with local Adivasi communities under the wings of the Adivasi Academy. His expertise shines through in his adeptness with a multitude of paper craft techniques, ranging from intricate origami and dynamic paper pop-up designs to architectural models that demonstrate a keen eye for detail. However, it is his dedication to the ancient art of handmade paper-making that truly sets him apart.
His brainchild, the social development enterprise “Koraj Crafts,” stands as a testament to his innovative spirit. Collaborating harmoniously with the indigenous Adivasi communities in the region, Ravi has harnessed the potential of natural agro waste (banana waste) materials to craft vibrant handmade paper and exquisite products. This venture not only empowers the community but also champions sustainability, echoing his vision for a greener and more culturally enriched world.
Ravi Raj’s artistic endeavors have also found resonance beyond his community collaborations. His work with both governmental and non-governmental organizations on diverse art and design projects attests to his versatility and creativity. Notably, his dedication to handmade paper development from agro waste material has been recognized through prestigious awards, including the Bhasha fellowship (2021), Khoj fellowship (2021), and Buddha fellowship (2022). These accolades underscore his commitment to sustainability and his dedication to fostering indigenous craftsmanship.