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Ministry of Cottage Industries, Government of Gujarat organized "Garvi-Gurjari National Craft Fair & Summit 2015" at the Polo Ground, Rajmahel Road in Baroda, India from from 23rd January to the 28th January. The event showcased handloom and handicraft products of Gujarat as well as from across the country bringing all crafts on a single platform. 

DICRC, CEPT University, was one of the partner institutes at the Garvi Gurjari National Craft Fair and Summit 2015, and conducted the National Craft Seminar 2015 ‘Karigari: Crafting the Future’ that celebrated the impeccable skilfulness of the Indian craftspeople who give shape to the numerous celebrated craft forms of our nation.

Overview of the Seminar

Crafts have been an inherent part of the Indian society ever since mankind came into existence. Over the period of time, craft became an extension of the community where it originated from and provided it with a cultural identity, thereby taking form of various Craft Traditions in different parts of our Nation. In the complete gamut of sustaining our Craft Traditions, two factors that hold prime importance are - The Karigar (craftsperson) and his Karigari (skillfulness). 

The National Craft Seminar 2015 ‘Karigari: Crafting the Future’ celebrated the impeccable skilfulness of the Indian craftspeople who give shape to the numerous celebrated craft forms of our nation. This Seminar looked towards the future of the karigari of the Indian karigar, by holding discussions on topics like Craft Design Collaborations, Craft in Interior Architecture and Entrepreneurship and Market Perspectives.

The event was organised on 22nd January, 2015 at Ramanbhai Amin Auditorium, FGI Business Centre, Vadodara and was partnered by iNDEXT-C, Government of Gujarat and Faculty of Design, CEPT University. The National Craft Seminar was held in collaboration with Maharaja Ranjit Sinh Gaekwad Institute of Design, Vadodara and IIID - Vadodara Chapter.

Garvi Gurjari National Craft Fair and Summit 2014        

DICRC, CEPT University, was one of the partner institutes at the ‘Garvi Gurjari National Craft Fair and Summit 2014’ from 21st to 27th February, 2014 at Ahmedabad organised by Ministry of Cottage Industries, Government of Gujarat, India.                       

DICRC organized and conducted various events and activities during this fair. These included the National Craft Fair and Summit 2014 "Parampara: Future of Crafts"; an exhibition at the DICRC, CEPT University pavilion which was set up at the craft fair; and invited metal artisans for giving craft demonstrations during the craft fair.

 

National Craft Seminar - "Parampara: Future of Craft Traditions"

Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad was one of the Partner Institutes for the seven day long ‘Garvi Gurjari National Craft Fair and Summit 2014’ from 21st to 27th February, 2014. DICRC organized and conduct the National Craft Seminar 2014 - "Paramparaa: Future of Craft Traditions”, on 21st February 2014 at the Gujarat University Convention & Exhibition Center, Ahmedabad.

For the seminar, eminent personalities from diverse fields were invited to discuss various topics concerning the current scenario of the crafts sector. The invited speakers discussed topics such as Craft Mapping, Craft Design Innovations, Building Crafts, Marketing and Branding, Technological Advancements, and Craft Education and Skill Development.

 

DICRC, CEPT University Pavilion

One of the intentions of DICRC, Faculty of Design at CEPT University, Ahmedabad is to make various people, society aware about the value of our rich craft traditions. Hence, at DICRC, Resource Building and Dissemination is carried out through various mediums like exhibitions, panels, online and print media. The intent is to reach out to people and make them aware of our rich legacy of crafts and also to share the work we do. 
The DICRC, CEPT Pavillion showcased the extensive work done at DICRC, Faculty of Design at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. The exhibition will be centered on core focus areas of DICRC: Research and Documentation, Innovation and Development, Education and Training, Application and Collaboration. It will also exhibit the work done by students and faculty members at Faculty of Design, CEPT University.

 

Craft Demonstration

The craft processes play a critical role in development and understanding of a craft; hence the demonstration of techniques is taken as a first step in understanding the tactile aspects of craft. DICRC invited craftspeople from Mehsana and Kutch, for demonstration of various metal crafts such as - metal embossing, metal carving and making of copper bells. These craftspeople showcased their craft skills through the live demonstration and display of their products.

The National Craft Seminar, Theme Pavilion and Live Craft demonstrations titled -"Prarambh : co-crafting journeys”  was part of the seven day long,  National Craft Fair 2016  from 17th to 24th January, 2016 at Ahmedabad organised by INDEXT-C, Government of Gujarat, India.
The seminar, theme pavilion and craft demonstrations was conducted and organised by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad who is the Partner Institute for the National Craft Fair 2016.Ministry of Cottage Industries, Government of Gujarat organized the "National Craft Fair 2016” at the GMDC Grounds, Ahmedabad, India from 17th January to the 24th January 2016. The event showcased handloom and handicraft products of Gujarat as well as from across the country bringing all crafts on a single platform. It provided the artisans an opportunity to share with the people the values imbibed in the respective crafts and to interact with the buyers directly to enhance their business potential.
As part of the National Craft Fair 2016, Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre(DICRC), CEPT University organised the following activities:

1.National Craft Seminar 2016 - ‘Prarambh: co-crafting journeys’ 
The craftspeople across the country have demonstrated a remarkable understanding of materials which is combined with a mastery of the tools, techniques and processes that have evolved over the centuries. With various cultural, social, political and economic interactions, the craft landscape of Gujarat showcases the creative design abilities of the society. In the time today, the craft expanse consists of a huge resource which can be harnessed for the future development of our society. The seminar aimed to mark a new beginning of co‐crafting journeys which will help connect the knowledge of craft practices to new and future opportunities for the craftspeople across India. The seminar was conducted in Hindi, so that all the craftspeople can benefit the most from all discussions and lectures.  The focus areas of the seminar were Craft design innovation, Craft and e-commerce and Craft knowledge and education. The speakers for the seminar were Mitraja Vyas, Chirag Jobanputra and Kireet Patel.  

2. Theme pavilion - DICRC CEPT Pavilion
It is important to make various people, society aware about the value of our rich craft traditions. One of the intentions of Design Innovation Craft Resource Center is Resource Building and Dissemination which aims at disseminating through various mediums like exhibitions, panels, online and print media. The intent is to reach out to people and make them aware of our rich legacy of crafts and also to share the work we do. The DICRC, CEPT Pavilion will showcase the extensive work done at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC), Faculty of Design at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. The exhibition was centered on core focus areas of DICRC: Research and Documentation, Innovation and Development, Education and Training, Application and Collaboration. It also exhibited the work done by students and faculty members at Faculty of Design, CEPT University.

3. Craft demonstrations
The craft processes play a critical role in development and understanding of a craft; hence the demonstration of techniques was taken as a first step in understanding the tactile aspects of craft. DICRC arranged for bringing in craftspeople from Kutch, Gujarat and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, for demonstration of crafts such as – terracotta craft and Gond art respectively. These craftspeople displayed their craft skills through the live demonstration and display of their products. 

4. Craft Mapping
Mapping of Crafts along with the Craftspeople and Craft Enterprise Is an approach towards identifying, understanding and developing a detailed inventory of the crafts, craftspeople as well as practices associated with different types of Crafts.A specific mobile application as well as data aggregation and data cataloging system have been developed by the researchers at DICRC to conduct this survey. The data generated out of this mapping process is evaluated and it is taken further in preparing an Interactive Online Craft Map and Directory which is part of Building Craft Lab. DICRC mapped a total of 169 craftspeople and craft enterprises at the National Craft Fair 2016. The mapping data has been collated into a craft directory.
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