“Hi friends! I am Alok Agarwal from the Sun City of India, Jodhpur. I was born in 1976. I am very hardworking, honest and a person of strong determination.
“I started my first job at the very young age of 13 due to financial crisis at home. I joined an art and handicraft factory at Jodhpur as a helping hand to the artisans who worked there. As I was very young, I was amazed and greatly influenced by the beauty of the craft. I used to marvel at how a simple iron sheet could be converted into beautiful art pieces. Likewise, how uneven wood chunks or logs could be converted into amazing sculptures. I used to observe the artisans as they worked, and developed an interest to do the same. My curiosity of knowing how these different crafts were being made attracted me to this world. They would often let me try my hand at the crafts under their guidance.
“After four years of my work there, I joined another company in Jodhpur who exported handicraft items. There I learned professionally how to craft different kinds of sculptures, tealights and wooden furniture. Very soon, with hard work, dedication and practice, I mastered this craft. My favorite thing about this craft is to give shape or form to wood or metal. It is very challenging to craft an item from wood or metal. Once I mastered this craft, I started crafting some products with my own ideas, and got appreciation for the same.
“After 18 years of work in the export company, I decided to do something on my own. My wife, who is a nurse by profession, supported me emotionally and financially. I get my inspiration from nature. I try to create fine and unique products every time. I do the designing and crafting by myself. I started a small workshop of my own with 5 to 6 workers to assist me initially. Now I have a team of 50 people. Some people work from their homes. We provide them the materials and designs, and they craft the products. The finishing and assembling of the products are done in the workshop under my supervision.
“Together we craft beautiful sculptures, pots, tealights, and other gift items. We use iron sheet, poster colors, acrylic stones, mango wood and babul wood to craft our products. We work as a family that strives towards the attainment of goals with proficiency and dedication, and keep client satisfaction as its utmost priority. We supply our products to many handicraft shops in Jaipur and other parts of the country. We have also participated in many local fairs in and around Jodhpur.
“I am very enthusiastic about my work. I also teach my co-workers in my workshop. Presently, I am the only person in my family who is doing this work but I would love to teach my children or others the beauty of this craft. Working with me gives an opportunity of employment for my team workers. They are able to provide a stable life to their family and provide education to their children. It is my dream to expand my work and spread the beauty of my craft to the entire world. I hope that people will appreciate the beauty of my work.”