Craftsmanship in Education: Towards a Creative India in the Knowledge Economy

Craft, Handloom, Art, Cultural, Creative Industry, Education/Learning, Section I : Teaching Craft Heritage

Craftsmanship in Education: Towards a Creative India in the Knowledge Economy

Ranjan, M P

Issue #008, 2021                                                                              ISSN: 2581- 9410
Reprinted with permission of NID Press, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
First Published as Ranjan, MP, "Craftsmanship in Education : Towards a Creative India in the Knowledge Economy", in Shilpa Das and Neelima Hasija, eds., Indian Crafts in a Globalizing World, Ahmedabad, NID Press, 2017.
  My paper is about the great opportunity that lies in the blending of three streams of activities, namely, Education, Design and Crafts with an intention of building creative human resources for the future of India. I am acutely aware of the fact that we will need to define all the terms that we are using here since there is bound to be a host of interpretations for each of these depending on our individual pursuits or our native disciplines. Craft has never been easy to define nor has Design or for that matter Education. However, over the past ten or fifteen years, we have internally used a fairly consistent definition of these very terms at the National Institute of Design which I will attempt to share with you. Some of these have been tested with our efforts in the education of young designers and in the education and training of young crafts persons at the new institutes that we have he...
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