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Hunnarshala Foundation has developed a unique Training Course on Stabilized Rammed Earth Construction in collaboration with master artisans, architects and engineers. The training modules for the course are result of many years of experience and intensive consultations with academia and professionals from Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University and other institutions and organisations. This two week training course was organised by Hunnarshala Foundation and was conducted at Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat (INDIA) during May 27 to June 8, 2013. The goal of the training course is to strengthen professionals with knowledge and skills required for designing and building with sustainable technology like Rammed Earth.

The training course was specifically designed for people who can play critical roles in shaping built environment of our settlements. The course familiarised the participants with eco-logic and economics of using rammed earth technology. The course had emphasis on developing understanding of materials, tools, construction methodology and design principles. The course enabled students and young professionals to address the challenge of designing and building using Rammed Earth.The course objectives were:
1. To enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of participants to practice consciously and sensitively within their socio-cultural environment.2. To strengthen community of practitioners of sustainable technologies like rammed earth by promoting collaborations between artisans, architects and engineers.

The training course lays importance on collaborating with artisans and strengthens the participants to take the traditional knowledge of earth construction forward in present day context. An interactive approach with artisans and other course facilitators lays the foundation of course methodology. This training course offers opportunities for learning through lectures as well as hands-on practice. The training methodology incorporated a scientific approach to the hands on practice with focus on details. 
DICRC team members, A.Prof Rishav Jain and senior researcher Mitraja Vyas, conducted a couple of training sessions on Design Opportunities and Design Development for several craftspeople; as a part of the development program organized by National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), which took place at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI).Each of these sessions took place once a week, for a period of one month starting from December 17th, 2013; and catered to various batches of 20 women skilled in embroidery, patch-work and hand-work. The sessions were divided into two parts. The first part was dedicated towards generating an understanding of design opportunities among the participant by screening various visuals related to design and the possibilities to explore there in; followed by an engaging discussion with the participants about their perception of design. The second session focused on assessing the participants design development skills. For this, they were given a cut-paste design exercise. The exercise intended to bring forth their understanding in terms of drawing abilities, sense of colour combinations, and design compositions.As a result, all the participants came up with various design ideas as per their understanding.
The Craft Innovation Training Program was conducted as part of the Education and Training activities at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad. The training program was based on the Craft Innovation Training Model which is a part of the Craft Innovation Training Toolkit developed by DICRC. 
The Training Program was conducted with the terracotta artisans at Gundiyali village in Kutch district of Gujarat. The intention of this program was to create design awareness amongst the artisans and to explore possibilities of creating Interior Architecture Elements. The duration of the project was from April 2015 to July 2015.
Manthan Educational Programme Society and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Ahmedabad Chapter were the supporters and project partners. This project was promoted under: i-STED Project, NSTEDB, DST, Government of India.
Based on the IDE2AS Model, the Craft Innovation Training Program was carried out in four stages:
1. Identify : The current scenario of terracotta crafts in Gujarat was studied. A survey was carried out to identify the possible clusters to conduct the program.
2. Develop : Based on the observations at the identification stage, the program brief was developed. The identified cluster of Gundiyali was studied in depth. The craftspeople were mapped and the craft was documented thoroughly. An analysis of the research and documentation resulted in intervention ideas that could be delivered.
3.Deliver : Craft-Design Innovation was carried out at Gundiyali village with collaboration of craftspeople and designers. Tarkash-a cladding system and Aadh-a partition system were developed through the process. An exposure session was carried out for the artisans in the fields of design, marketing and e-commerce.  
4. Assess : To harness the learning of the entire program; assessment was conducted through observations & feedback of the craftspeople and the others involved in the Program.

Project Details

Team : Jay Thakkar, Rishav Jain, Mansi Sathyanarayan, Rajdeep Routh, Radha Devpura, Aarohee Nagecha, Priyanka Shah, Abhay Kothari, Kathan Kothari, Prabhat Desai

Craftspeople : Abdulla Daud Kumbhar, Ali Mamad Daud Kumbhar, Sherbanu Ali Mamad, Jallubai Kumbhar, Suleman Daud Kumbhar, Yakub Hussein Kumbhar, Sidhik Yakub Kumbhar, Fatmaben Yakub, Kasim Harun Kumbhar, Salim Kasim Kumbhar, Susmaben Abbas, Abbas Daud Kumbhar, Abdul Sattar Kumbhar, Khorsamben Siddik, Ibrahim Ismail Kumbhar, Salim Ismail Kumbhar, Jamilaben Husen, Husen Yakub Kumbhar, Usman hussain Kumbhar, Ibrahim Kumbhar,  Amad Mamad Kumbhar, Amad Daud Kumbhar, Hasam Amad Kumbhar, Yusuf Suleman Kumbhar, Usman Daud Kumbhar, Anwar Ali Mamad Kumbhar, Abdul Karim Kumbhar, Razak Ilias Kumbhar, Daud Issa Kumbhar, Salim Kasim Kumbhar 


April 2015                  Cluster Visit: Ahmedabad                                       
                                    Cluster Visit: Botad                                      
                                    Cluster Visit: Gundiyali 

May 2015                  Preliminary Survey and Mapping        
                                   Craft and Craft Cluster Documentation       
                                   Craft Analysis                                     
                                   Craft Design Innovation: Design explorations
                                   Craft Design Innovation: Design discussions 

June 2015                  Craft Design Innovation: Installation of prototypes                                       
                                    Exposure: Research activity   
                                    Exposure:Design, Marketing and Hands on exposure, Site visits                                                                                         Exposure: E-commerce 
                                    Craft Connect: Interaction with architects, interior designers, professionals and              academicians

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