Last year, the Bangalore Samaanata event resolved the need for a professional network which shared a commitment to the Code of Practice for Partnerships in Craft & Design. The Sangam Platform has been developed for artisans, designers, traders, businesses, government and NGOs seeking partnership in craft product development. It is located within the professional social network LinkedIn.
The Platform is designed to promoted partnerships that have long-term mutual benefit of all those involved. The shared values are designed to inspire confidence along the supply chain, reflecting the equal contribution of all, including the designer’s concept, the artisan’s capacity, and the user’s desire.
As part of a partnership with Sangam, platform members are invited to sell their work through the Craftisan e-commerce portal. For more information, read this.
The platform can be used to:
- Seek specific skills needed to produce an item
- Locate designers who are interested in developing new products
- Raise issues of professional concern
- Recommend other members for their skills and values
Go here if you are interested in joining the platform.
Makes action figures from Indian and world history
Best Hands India
Contact: Dharuni Garikapaty
A platform to promote Indian handicrafts through participation of craftsmen (especially craftswomen), people committed to help the underprivileged, buyers, suppliers, crafts-lovers and other stakeholders
A collaboration of designers, artisans, and architects in Odisha with the aim to promote excellence in crafts skills, support and sustain artisan livelihoods, and nurture and revive languishing and dying crafts traditions.
Contact: Ritu Varuni
Specialises in bamboo, wood craft related skills as well like stone work and sanjhi paper cutwork.
Contact: Moutushi Sarkar
Fashion label that works with bandhani artisans in Kutch, as well as kantha embroiderers in Bengal
Contact: Karan Patel
Design consultancy in Bangalore
Happy Hands Foundation
Contact: Medhavi Gandhi
Is committed towards the revival of traditional/folk art and craft, empowering rural artisans and building potential in women and young people to lead community development activities and craft entrepreneurship.
Ishan Khosla Design
Contact: Ishan Khosla
Indian graphic designer who works collaboratively with traditional artisans.
Contact: Vivek Shrivastava
A rug design company based in Bangalore, functioning as a social enterprise. The rugs are handmade by craftpersons, working only with natural fibres and using a variety of techniques such as hand-tufting and dhurrie-weaving. The master weavers who represent the second or third generation of a glorious rug-weaving tradition in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in northern India.
Contact: Vaishali Thapa
Textile designer working with traditional artisans
Indian designer working with different materials to create a contrast, wood, ceramic, glass and stone
The Color Caravan
Contact: Swati Seth
Presents traditional handicraft products in contemporary style and markets them to urban market globally. The venture works with independent craftspeople, SHGs and NGOs on grass-root level to co-creates products with them and helps bridge gap between artisans and the market.
The Stitching Project
Contact: Fiona Wright
Textile organisation based in Pushkar that works with local artisans to produce a fashion range and host textile tours in the Rajasthan region.
Contact: Shweta Mhatre
Focused on the built environment & showcases collaborations between designers, artisans and makers.
Victorian-based Australian ceramicist who makes elegant tableware
Artisans of Fashion
Contact: Caroline Poiner
A globally focused initiative supporting the next generation of artisans by promoting the extraordinary craftsmanship that goes into so many of today’s luxury brands. Their aim is to support vulnerable and landless communities in India whose lives depend on the traditional craft industry.
Contact: Jessica Priemus and Shimul Minhas Uddin
Bhalo (Bengali for ‘good’) is an Australian ethical fashion label produced in rural Bangladesh that creates limited edition garments using natural hand woven textiles, printing and embroidery.
Bianca Mavrick Jewellery
Brisbane-based contemporary jeweller
Australian visual artist who makes bespoke works, primarily in glass.
Contact: Sandra Bowkett
Victorian-based ceramics studio that works closely with Indian potters.
Dave Moorhead Design
Australian engineer-designer interested to work with Indian artisans
Maison Briz Vegas
Contact: Carla van Lunn
Fashion outfit in Brisbane Australia that specialises in stylish use of hand-printed recycled fabrics.
Contact: Marty Hope
Melbourne retail outlet that specialises in product handmade in Asia
Provenance Artisan Textiles
Contact: Amanda Stewart
Dedicated to providing an outlet for artisans from around the world; showcasing beautiful textiles handcrafted using traditional techniques.
Contact: Sonica Kapur
A bridge between artisans and ethically minded companies to design , develop and market products as a way to support community development, social enterprise and cultural exchange
Lives and works between Melbourne and Mumbai, combining her international aesthetic and love of vernacular craft to create unique design experiences.
The Fabric Social
Contact: Sharna de Lacy
An Australian social enterprise that develops apps that help artisans from conflict zones connect with foreign markets.
Contact: Deborah Emmett
Australian designer working in India with traditional artisans.
Contact: Mary Libro
Australian design company specialising in towelling and bed linen
Australian jeweller inspired by nature in Tasmania.
Melbourne-based contemporary jeweller who focuses on interpretations of flora and their cultural meaning.
Contact: Matthew Butler
Works with communities to ornament art work including his famous wooden seat.
Jeweller from Argentina
Sharing The Making
Contact: Sarah Jane Lawton
Connects artists and craft-maker practices. Their products, which are the result of contribution and collaboration, support artisan trade.