Welcome To Khazana
Khazana, the IRC brand name for arts and crafts aims at providing space and creating opportunities for women to explore their potential through income generation and skill enhancement. In 2008, IRC was gifted an old and decrepit structure which had been used as storage by affluent landlords in Khairpur. IRC had already set up a vocational training and work centre that provided training to women. The concept of "Khazana" was evolved, including the development of a woman and child friendly social space, promoting the cultural and social heritage of Sindh, developing capacity of artisans and providing them a sales outlet and creating the first open air cafe and restaurant in large and green grounds. The production centre is located a few miles away where handicrafts are made and design support is provided to rural female home-based workers in villages. Skills such as embroidery, patch work, household products made with date and wheat stems, clay work, wood painting, handloom weaving are promoted. These are sold at the Khazana outlet in Khairpur. In 2009, two shops in the Karachi Defence Sunday Bazaar were opened that serve as the sales outlets in Karachi. For IRC and its friends and staff, Khazana embodies the treasure of our heritage, our skills and the age old traditions of peace, harmony and diversity of our people.
The objectives of Khazana are: