Samaanata – New platforms for fair partnerships


Bangalore, 6-8 December 2013


New platforms for fair partnerships between designers, artisans and users


The final leg of the current Sangam Project journey will be in Bangalore, where the focus will extend beyond the craftsperson and designer to include the user. ‘Samaanata’ means ‘equal respect’ in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.

In recent years, a number of e-commerce platforms have emerged that promise greater openness along the craft supply chain, connecting together artisans, designers, retailers and users. This has potential to add value to craft products and broaden audience to include those previously skeptical about  fairness.

This year, there will be a series of discussions about new platforms for craft-design partnership. In Bangalore there will also be a number of networking functions to develop further potential partnerships between Australia and India. These will include the status of Indigenous cultures and the role of ornament in promoting gender equality.


Saturday 7 December 9am-5pm The Equitable Scenario
Panel discussion, brainstorming, networking

Saturday 7 December 6pm
New jewellery from North-East and beyond

Sunday 8 December 10-1pm Building Partnerships

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