Crafts in our World



In our changing and globalized world, how do we all negotiate the warmth of the handicraft and the constant changing of styles? Today we showcase a book that attempts to study this particular interface between our world and custom, between handicrafts and changing world of modern design. Designers Meet Artisans - A Practical Guide is a production of the Craft Revival Trust in association with UNESCO and and Artesenias de Colombia. Produced in English, Spanish and French (we really believe in a world without borders....) this volume documents the many ways in which the world of the artisan intersects with society at large. The book covers commercial houses, Art schools, NGO’s and even legislators in their efforts to make the place of the handicraft artisan more secure and sustainable as well as dynamic.


The Craft Revival Trust believes “that access to information empowers both individuals and societies” is borne out by their efforts to bring together documentation and informed opinion on the cultural industries of craft, textiles, arts and its practitioners into the public domain. As companion to the book above they have also released a CD which attempts to provide connections in this world – included are listings of Museums and over 500 voluntary organizations in the field. This first project of a Directory Listing of All Indian Crafts and Artisans is a veritable homage to the artisan and provides a staggering list of over 45,000 artisans, along with ways of getting in touch with all of them. A screenshot is shown below...




Discover more about the social and creative worlds where your chikan kurtas and handloom bedcovers, bidri coasters and so much else have come from.  See what others had to say about it too...

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