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As a constant endeavour to create new frameworks and models, Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) under its Educational and Training initiatives, emphasises on developing various toolkits related to the field of craft. The toolkits provide step by step guidance on a variety of topics ranging from conducting streamlined research, training programmes, innovation workshops, redeveloping the craft values and craft clusters. The toolkit  contains detailed frameworks, gradual procedures, worksheets and a series of methods that can be used by any organisation. It presents essential steps that enables to work efficiently with the craftspeople and craft clusters. The models detailed in the toolkits are dynamic and can be replicated, expanded and modulated if needed, by various organisations at various scales for different craft clusters. Its objective is to provide a framework for meaningful inquiry, creative ideation, quality delivery and effective reflection. The toolkits by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) is intended for the organisations, craft researchers, students, academicians who are willing to regenerate the craft values, theoretically practically.
This toolkit is a complete step-by-step guide that encompasses all that is required to plan for and deliver a successful Craft Innovation Training Program. It has been tailor-made and designed after an array of training programs and workshops organised and conducted by DICRC over the years. The toolkit is mainly divided into 2 sections that further are broken down into stages and sub-stages:           
one. IDE2AS model           
two. Craft innovation training toolkit

Using this toolkit on its own will yield great solutions. However, the toolkit is also very flexible - According to the need, resource, budget and time, it can be adapted, complimented or supplemented by various other approaches. This kit doesn’t offer solutions. Instead, it offers techniques, methods and tips to guide one through a process that will lead to the desired result through the training program.

The IDE2AS model

The model is the one that forms the base of any training program. It has been formulated after much insight that has been gained through the workshops and other activities conducted by DICRC, over a period of years.
The main objective of this section is to discuss the core stages to be followed in order to deliver a successful training program based on the DICRC methodology. The model is divided into various stages and can be followed as is or modified in order to adapt to ones’ needs, objectives and resources. All the stages of the model are interlinked and influence each other.
Under this model, one learns how to conduct a training program right from the grass root level. It further explains the multiple ways in which training can be delivered. These include workshops, collaborations, lectures, seminars, fellowships etc. Arriving at the most suitable mode of delivery is an important procedure in itself. However it is important to note that these stages of the toolkit can be modified and experimented with to see what kind of outcome is gained by the end of it. It is dynamic and can be replicated, if needed, by various organisations at various scales.

Crafts in India extend beyond the tangible boundaries of skill, workmanship and other physical aspects. Indian crafts are a reflection of the immense creativity of ordinary people in the quest of self-expression and contentment. Though there is a growing interest and awareness in the craft related activities, but with massive impact of industrial production, the skill based knowledge is reducing, indicating an enormous loss to the society, culture and life of craftspeople. In order to sustain, revive and explore the full potential of the crafts sector, the gaps, overlaps and challenges in the value chain must be overcome and a new ecosystem of engagement with crafts have to be created.Craft Tourism is one of the industries, which can help in harnessing the true potential of the craft ecosystem. Tourism and crafts are highly interlinked. A tourist is always seeking an experience that is memorable and enriching and along with it a tourist wish to carry craft souvenirs as a memoir of their travel.  Henceforth, it becomes important to develop systems to systemize the production value chain. Another aspect is to plan and develop an engaging craft experiences for the tourist.
In order to develop various craft clusters into active craft experience tourism centers, Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, India is developing a ”Craft Experiential Tourism Model” which uses a methodological framework to develop a traditional craft cluster into a Craft Experience Tourism Hub. The core intention of this is not only to preserve traditional crafts, strengthen the sector, and improve the incomes of artisans but also to create awareness of the contextual influences that help shape both the craft products and craft enterprises.
The craft experience tourism model will be a step by step guide for developing a craft village into an emerging experience tourism hub. In India there are many such villages with an emerging or established craft clusters and the idea of developing such model by DICRC is to help communities and organisation develop a strategic plan to identify and evolve these craft clusters into a creative touristic hubs. The model is dynamic and can be replicated, if needed, by various organisations at various scales for different craft clusters. Its objective is provide a framework for meaningful inquiry, creative ideation, quality delivery and finally effective reflection.

 Community Driven Innovation Project is an attempt to initiate an all-inclusive and participatory process, bringing together the fields of craft and design. The idea was to engage with community and foster the idea of innovation within them. This entire process and approach is not planned as a series or sequence of events, rather they are like a web of activities which may repeat, overlap and coincide with others. In its initial phase, the idea of community driven innovation became the basis of the first pilot project with the terracotta craft cluster of Gundiyali, Mandvi Taluka, Kutch, Gujarat. During the 1st phase of the project, two major activities were conducted: Self-Initiated Project and KalaKosh. 

This project is supported by NSTEDB, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India under i-STED project and is carried out by Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) and Manthan Educational Programme Society, India in collaboration with Swadesi Suitcase.

The self-initiated challenge looked at harnessing the craft skills and aesthetic abilities that already is inherent to the craftspeople and creating a repository of product typology and the associated narratives that exist in the community. This was done with a series of informal sessions and workshops. The subjects of discussion were focused on subjects like history, community, craftsmanship and imagination. Each individual or a group of individual made variety of prototypes depicting any one of the theme. The old products, tools and other materials were also collected to depict the craft communities’ history.
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