Make It New Again: Models for Innovation in Traditional Craft
22-24 November 2012
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
Craft is a form of production that uplifts communities, tells stories that connect people together, and fills our world with beauty. India is a treasury of the world’s craft traditions, clothing, sheltering, feeding and adorning people over millennia.
In awe of technology, craft can be unfairly cast as a ‘sunset industry’. But craft is in a constant state of evolution, adapting to new materials, designs and changes in lifestyle.
Make It New Again is a forum to share the latest thinking in craft innovation, looking at its ongoing relevance to human value, social justice and cultural partnerships. Organised around three roundtables, Make it New Againwill produce a roadmap for the future, including new models for traditional craft in the contemporary world and standards to be upheld in embracing new opportunities such as intellectual property.
Participants include respected Indian craft figures such as ex-NID director, Ashoke Chatterjee, founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti, Jaya Jaitly and director of Craft Revival Trust Ritu Sethi. A number of innovative organisations will be represented, including Kala Raksha, Happy Hands, Khamir and SEWA. From Australia, participants include respected Aboriginal designers Jenuarrie and Lucy Simpson, Zaishi designer Matthew Butler, online expert George Hiley and Cultural Textiles group from COFA, including Australian ‘living treasure’ Liz Williamson.
Make it New Againis a partnership between NID and the Australia India Design Platform.
Make it New Againwill include:
- Film Festival
- Craft Bazaar
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