Bangalore–Going back to progress

Bangalore–Going back to progress

The journey of the Sangam Project has covered the eastern seaboard of Australia and three cities of India. After Delhi and Ahmedabad, the journey concludes down south, in Bangalore. Bangalore is world famous as India’s global city. The computing giant Infosys helped build the city’s reputation as a centre for digital technologies. Alongside this has...
An ethical architecture for creative exchange

An ethical architecture for creative exchange

The question for Sangam 3: How can the user be creatively engaged to sustain ethical partnerships? Creative products involve a supply chain that connects a wide variety of functions, including production, design, retail and consumption. Each link has a potentially creative contribution to make. The designer/artist develops a concept and gathers capital necessary for its...
Kondapalli craft: You can’t have money without meaning

Kondapalli craft: You can’t have money without meaning

In order to understand a craft, it is important to not only understand it from the technical-economic point of view but also to understand the spirit behind it – the meaning the craft holds for the craft community. There are crafts which slowly languish and die not only because the craft products do not bring...
Fashion design with a conscience

Fashion design with a conscience

Western designers working with traditional artisans in India creating products for a consumer market with an ethical consciousness. How can the designers contribute to the artisan communities in a sustainable way? Bhukhu is an appliqué embroiderer from the small village of Marharbat, near Barmer in Rajasthan, India. She is sixty-four years old. Bhukhu learnt the...
Put a name to it: Standards for Labelling

Put a name to it: Standards for Labelling

The Australia India Design Platform seeks to gather views around standards for creative partnerships between designers and artisans. One contentious standard concerns whether the name of the artisan(s) should feature on the label. There are positive reasons for this, not only related to fairness, but also the value added by the reputation of the maker....
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Dialog Batik, Central Java 2014

Dialog Batik, Central Java 2014

Batik product development and export conference 24 May 2014, Kampoeng Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia A one day conference will provide information necessary for participants to plan for export of their batik and craft products. This will include information about product design, e-commerce platforms and legal issues. For visitors to Central Java, it will be an...
Handloom crisis: A background note

Handloom crisis: A background note

The handloom sector is facing a new crisis, even more serious than issues of competition, marketing, technology, livelihood and quality of life that have inhibited Indian weavers for decades from access to the unlimited opportunities that are possible today. The latest crisis could eliminate India’s rich handloom advantage forever. The crisis became evident suddenly, ostensibly...
Dialog Batik in Indonesia for Semarang Night Carnival

Dialog Batik in Indonesia for Semarang Night Carnival

Dialog Batik aims to promote create partnerships between Australia and Indonesia. It involves a workshop in Semarang, Central Java, 22-23 May 2014, where participants show their work and discuss standards for partnership. The workshop will coincide with the glamorous Semarang Night Carnival (see report on last year’s event here). If you are interested in participating,...
Journey Leads to New Platform

Journey Leads to New Platform

Samaanata was the culmination of a three year journey between Australia and India. Sangam: Australia India Design Platform involved an extended series of roundtables, workshops, forums and surveys examining the interests and relationships of producers, developers and consumers. The goal has been to encourage a growth in design exchange between Australia and India by identifying...
Survey: We want to know who we are

Survey: We want to know who we are

We conducted a quick survey of the Sangam Project network in the lead up to the Bangalore event. The responses we received were evenly distributed between Australia and India, designers and artisans. On the question of what information should be available to consumers, a large majority 80% said names of both artisans and designers should...
Where Moth & Rust Decay in Bangalore

Where Moth & Rust Decay in Bangalore

by Katheryn Leopoldseder You are warmly invited to Where Moth & Rust Decay A jewellery exhibition by Katheryn Leopoldseder Opening Thursday the 5th of December 6–8pm 1 Shanthi Road Studio Gallery Opening Times: 5th–11th December 2013 Open daily 11am–7pm Catalogue available to view online from katherynleopoldseder.com.au Where Moth and Rust Decay responds to Katheryn’s travels...
'Indian Art – Its Neglect' ;by Mahatma Gandhi

‘Indian Art – Its Neglect’ ;by Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi’s words from nearly 100 years ago. What has changed? Unlimited production, the competition for increase in quantity and the unceasing search for markets form even now the most prominent and characteristic features of national programmes. They are, no doubt, framed by those who have been unable to rid themselves of the mesmerism due to...
Mariamman in the age of climate change

Mariamman in the age of climate change

The cultural dialogue between Australia and India continues to grow. Below is notice of a group called Jambudvipa, which seeks to invigorate young Australians involved in the Indian arts to work together and combine creative forces to propagate it, and at the same time work within the different cultural spaces. They are open to future...
Fashionable Early Modern Adaptation of Indian Embroideries and its Contemporary Significance

Fashionable Early Modern Adaptation of Indian Embroideries and its Contemporary Significance

Questions arise followed by a gasp of astonishment when one confronts a gigantic wall-hanging comprising European design minutely embroidered in Indian chain stitch so as to simulate printed design. This encounter with a late seventeenth century piece of textile craft at the Calico museum is what led me to investigate European adaptation of traditional Indian...
Artist Statement: Archana Kumari

Artist Statement: Archana Kumari

Archana Kumari is a folk artist from Bihar. At a young age her talent was recognised by visitors from the Asia Society and she received the extraordinary opportunity to travel to New York. Now having learnt English and acquired confidence she works as an independent artist in Delhi, commissioning extra work from women in her...
Project Sina–T-Shirts embroidered in Pakistan

Project Sina–T-Shirts embroidered in Pakistan

Growing up in a Pakistani-American household I was surrounded by traditional outfits and was curious as to why I could never find certain embroidery and embellishment techniques incorporated into contemporary western clothing – something I saw as beautiful and desirable across design cultures. After studying abroad in Delhi for 6 months and focusing my efforts...

Submission to the Australia in the Asian Century paper

Increased engagement in the Asia Pacific region is largely dependent on growing trust between cultures. It is important that both parties have confidence that each others aims complement their own long term interests. One obstacle to this trust is a crude development paradigm which presumes that the only course for progress in Asia is to...