(Craft, Craftsmanship and Community)
Working with people of Hospete (Ramnagar district, Karnataka, India) for 6 months during this project has truly changed me as a person. I thank everyone of the weaving community who helped me in doing this project.
Understanding the book of life that the place holds, people become important elements who make chapters of this book. People, their practices, their beliefs, their culture together create stories. Therefore as designers, when we come into a space different than ours with an intention of doing good, it is important that we value and respect the community’s understanding towards everything that creates their identity.
Looking deep into narratives of how a craft was born in any community, we as designers often recognize the change from past to present that the craft undergoes due to various factors which then gives us a space to work towards the betterment of the community, their livelihood and the craft for future.
The intention of the project is to create educational artifacts/ experiences for young designers that lead to depth in understanding and valuing identity of such crafts.
Further more, to also show the impact of decontextualizing, that often leads to loss of the original narratives while designing. Therefore, navigating through layers of narratives to create newer perspectives while perceiving a craft.
In a country where skilled craftsman practice various crafts in different regions, it gives designers the opportunity to explore, make and remake with them. The challenge is to engage and design without loosing the identity of the community, the craftsman, the craftsmanship and the craft.
Glimpse of the process behind (documented in a book)
Glimpse of the Principle book for Designers (pages of the 3 books)