Issue #002, Winter, 2019 ISSN: 2581- 9410
This collection of essays came out of a series of events held in India and the UK(2014-17) that were funded by the British Academy through the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (award no: PM130270). Its contributors draw on a wide range of professional experience from the craft sector, academia, museums and galleries, the fashion industry, and the development sector. While their occupations are diverse, they are united in their interest in and commitment to design as a factor in sustaining cultural and material heritage. For the majority, their work has focused on the Indian craft sector but other local environments were explored notably the East Midlands in the UK,a region formerly known for its textiles industry where the manufacture of lace, hosiery and knitwear relied on the industrial craft skills of generations of local workers.
THE PROJECT was devised by Eiluned Edwards, Professor of Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK in collaboration with Ritu Sethi, Chair, Craft Revival Trust, New Delhi,Jatin Bhatt, Professor, School of Design, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) and Abduljabbar M. Khatri, a9th generation block printer and dyer, and workshop owner, Dhamadka village, Kachchh district, Gujarat.
By Design explored the challenge of sustaining cultural heritage in local environments through the lens of the Indian handicrafts sector and considered the relationship between craft and design. By analysing craft in a range of contexts in India, considering the development strategies and design-led initiatives introduced, the agencies and agents involved, it endavoured to identify different models of practice to discuss with the rising generation of designers, educators, scholars, and activists th...
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