Drudgery Reduction and Grip Fatigue Review of Indian Women Making Handicrafts
Keywords:Drudgery, Grip fatigue, Handicrafts, Musculoskeletal problems, Women
Indian handicrafts industry provides important segment of decentralization in India and huge employment opportunities are given to artisans including women and backward and weaker society people through this industry. Women give heavy involvement in handicraft production, but their contribution is often veiled by discourses that marginalize them providing very little critical analysis of women’s handicrafts. Grip strength is a generally used to refer the physical strength or muscular power to be generated with the hands. Results at various platforms have shown significant differences for handgrip strength (in kg) between male and female workers and to women majorly in handicraft sector. The repetitive nature of handicraft work causes wrist pain, grip fatigue, and other musculoskeletal disorders among women which are multiplied with house chores. The improved tools are helpful in reducing the grip fatigue and in increasing the work efficiency. Government and other supports to women in handicrafts sector are highly required to reduce the drudgery of women, to make the policies reach women with technical advancements, and to promote the traditional designs with new concepts.
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