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Designers Meet Artisans

Craft Revival Trust is in the process of revisiting the Guidelines to artisan interaction first set out by them in 2005 in the publication “Designers Meet Artisans”

For the past year Craft Revival Trust has been at work revisiting, researching and updating their seminal publication “Designers Meet Artisans: Guidelines to artisan interaction”. Published in 2005 as a collaborative venture with UNESCO, we are delighted that the partnership continues for this current research and publication.

The revised Guidelines will, in effect expand and add on issues and complexities that were examined in the 2005 edition of the publication. We feature case studies, and best practice standards for collaborations with artisans, whilst examining issues that are now part of the craft and intangible cultural heritage landscape, clarifying in an objective manner the scope, processes and modalities in the light of converging lessons learned about the development of effective partnerships. Seeking to make the publication immediately relevant and be a practical guide to this interaction and the issues that arise in this interface for a well-balanced and mutually beneficial relationship applicable to a broad spectrum of the craft and intangible heritage sector worldwide.

The publication is proposed as a working tool for decision makers, artisans, designers, marketers, practitioners and others. The ultimate aim is to help all those involved to ask the right questions rather than in delivering unequivocal answers.

The Guidelines will have an international perspective, in which we share experiences, and formulate guidelines that adequately address the current context through consulting key players in the sector.

If you are interested in contributing to the guidelines, or have any further queries, please contact Sharmila Wood at with the subject line Designer Meets Artisan.


7-9, March 2013 at Dod, IIT Guwahati

Focus on ‘Display Typography’:
Typography Day will be organized for the sixth time in 2013 at the Department of Design (DoD) at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) in collaboration with the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) with support from India Design Association (InDeAs) and Aksharaya.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Display Typography’.

The event will feature a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to display typography. The international conference which will be devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The conference includes presentations of invited keynote speakers, eminent academicians, blind juried papers, industry professionals, research scholars and students. The event will also host an exhibition of selected posters and typographic works of students and faculty members from Design Institutes in India.

The event is planned over three days:
Day 1: Workshops on Typography + Meet on ‘Research in Typography’

Day 2-3 : Conference focusing on ‘Display Typography’


The Conference will focus on the following issues:

  1. Experiments and Explorations in Display Typography design.

  2. Display Typography design with multilingual scripts.

  3. Display Typography design in native (indigenous) Scripts.

  4. Display Typography design within local contexts.

  5. Research activities in Display Typography.

Poster Design Competition:
Design a poster to express the following words in your own script:
‘Between the Lines’
– within the context of your World
Design a Poster to express the meaning of the above phrase using your native script and language.

Calligraphic or digitally created letterforms or existing fonts, or a combination of these can be used for the poster.

For more details:
Call for Papers
We invite a 300-600 word abstract (with examples) in three categories:

  1. Concerns in Display Typography Design (Academic Research/Presentations).

  2. Innovative applications of Display Typography Design (Industry Presentations/Case Studies).

  3. Student projects in Display Typography Design (Student Projects)

For more details:

Contact Us:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact :

Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam or Sougata Karmakar
Typography Day 2013,
Department of Design
IIT Guwahati
Guwahati 781039
Assam, India


Tel: +91-361-2582500, +91-361-2582463, +91-361-2582464
Fax: +91-361-2690762


Malkha Marketing Trust invites Khadi Samitis to participate in an exhibition and sale at the National Archives, Janpath, New Delhi.

From 2nd October - 11th October 2012

Please contact Ms Jaya Ravindran, National Archives or Uzramma, Malkha Marketing Trust for further details.

An Educational Initiative to celebrate The Unstitched Garment

The sari supports the livelihood of a million weavers, printers and dyers and more. Contemporary aspiration and the forces of globalization offer an energizing challenge. The Sari School has been set up to promote the usage, understanding, survival and reinvention of the unstitched garment.

A comprehensive 4 hour course organized on every Saturday from 3 - 5pm at Nizamuddin East.

Starting 18th October 2008

The course will be initiated with:

  • 30 minute introductory audio visual.

  • An introduction to regional variations in wearing style: North/South/East/West

  • Materials, spinning and weaving techniques.

  • Atleast 4 select wearing styles from a 108 available with us will be taught in practice in every session representing the regional variations.

Limit: 5 members to each session

For further enquiries and enrollment, please confirm through email by Thursday any week.

Email id:
Or contact Rta Kapur Chishti at 011-41823927/ 9810054147 between 10am-6pm
Or write to: The Sari School, registered at K-42 Jangpura Extension
New Delhi- 110014, Fax: 011-41823134

The Bamboo Store
N-11 Rear Lane, N-Block Market
Greater Kailash Part I
New Delhi-110048.

The Bamboo Store is Delhi's first shop dedicated to promoting this "Miracle Grass" as a design material. The store stocks industrial and hand-crafted bamboo products such as bamboo flooring, blinds, mats, board, furniture, basketry, home and office accessories, bamboo charcoal briquettes, incense cones and sticks. In addition, there are books on bamboo in English and regional languages as well as tasty, packaged bamboo shoot. The products are sourced from across India, in particular Northeast India which is home to a variety of bamboo species. The idea is to offer viable, aesthetic and eco-friendly alternatives to wood and plastics as bamboo is an easily renewable resource.

Phone 981882553, 9810328934 for more information.

Previous Events




2009, January 5

Dr Eiluned Edwards

Love's Labour's Lost? The Commoditisation of Dowry Embroidery in Western India

2008, July 4

Sohail Hashmi

Some Traditional Water Bodies of Delhi

2008, February 5

Nina Sabnani

Travelling Tales – The Kaavad Phenomenon of Rajasthan

2008, January

Shubha Chaudhuri

The World of Sankho Chaudhuri - The art and artifacts on display are from the unique collection of the eminent sculptor the late Prof. Sankho Chaudhuri. Assembled from the Middle-East, South East Asia, Africa and India the exhibits are representative of both the secular and sacred traditions of village culture.

2007, April 4


Varanasi Handloom Cluster Globalization and the Indigenous Artisan Economy’

2007, December 6

Tilak Samarawickrema

A National Identity or Universality in Design. A Personal Quest

2007, December 3

Betty de Paris

Natural Blue in Europe

2007, March 29

Rosemary Crill

Indian textiles in Europe from the 16th to 19th centuries

2007, June 27

Faith Singh

Jaipur Virasat – a replicable model

2007, April 27

Rashmi Bharti

Livelihood in Kumaon

2007, September 24

Dr Punita Singh

Music – Gypsies

2007, January 24

Judy Frater

Rejuvenation of Craft: The Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya Response

2007, September 10


Cotton Comes Alive Experiences in the Field of Hand weaving

2006, August 22

Patty Johnson

North South Project: A new model of design and craft collaborations in the developing world

2006, February 17

Sudha Koul

Craft Heritage of Kashmir

2006, March 14

Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee

A Panel Discussion on The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Indian Crafts: Threat or Opportunity?

2006, April 27

Navtej Johar

Framing the Fluid: Multiple perspectives on Bharatanatyam: philosophical, historical, attitudinal, aesthetic and socio-cultural.

2006, June 27

Dr. Ajit Kanitkar

Credit flows for handloom sector

2006, January 25

Pradeep Kashyap

Gram Shree

2006, October 24

Rta Kapur Chishti

Textile Heritage - With the Sari as the Main Focus

2006, July 14

Dr. Parul Pandya Dhar

Historic Architecture

2006, September 13

Shubha Mudgal

Conduct and Commerce of Art Today - With Special Reference to Indian Music

2006, August 4

Priya Ravish Mehra

Rafugars + Experiments in craft at Tihar Jail

2005, October 24

Sebastian Moffat; Sanjay Prakash; Rahul Mehrotra

Bridging to the Future

2005, August 12

Dr. Kaushik Basu

Child Labour: Should it be Banned

2005, November 4

Nima Poovaya Smith

Connect: People, Place & Imagination, An illustrated talk on contemporary approaches to Indian sub-continental art at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

2005, May 31

Sanjay Prakash

Metabolism of the Future City: A Case Study from the Goa 2100 Project

2005, September 26

Bahar Dutt

Snake Charmers: Livelihood Rehabilitation

2005, April 14

Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee

Crafts in Transition

2005, July 11

Charu WaliKhanna

Legal issues of GI

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Design Education for Traditional Craftspeople Vandh, Kutch, Feb ‘06 - Prakash, Aditi
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