Declining crafts: looking through a different perspective

Patel, A.S., 2016. Declining crafts: looking through a different perspective. In: D. Higgins ORCID: 0000-0002-0632-5717 and V. Dhupa, eds., In This Place: Cumulus Association Biannual International Conference: conference proceedings, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 27 April - 1 May 2016. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE, pp. 292-297. ISBN 9780992887810

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Many Indian crafts are facing extinction. Examples include stone sculpting in Odisha, cotton and silk weaving in Maharashtra, and Madhubani in Uttar Pradesh. This paper focuses on Madhubani, an intricate form of art and craft practiced by artisans in Bihar, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, used to mark special occasions, festivals and life events. The paper describes the external drivers threatening this craft, and the ways in which it has evolved to incorporate new tools and materials. It takes a practice-based approach, in which the author reflects on a three-month period of training with one of the last families of artisans in Madhubani, and the product and furniture designs she developed as a result. Convivial conversations with the family are recounted, and practitioners’ concerns are described around the decline and lack of options for the survival of the craft. The paper finishes with recommendations for a collaborative creative action research approach to evolving the specific craft of Madhubani, in such a way that its true
heritage is preserved.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Patel, A.S.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: December 2016
ISBN: 9780992887810
Rights: Copyright © 2016. The copyright of each paper in this conference proceedings is the property of the author(s). Permission is granted to reproduce copies of these works for purposes relevant to the above conference, provided that the author(s), source and copyright notice are included on each copy. For other uses please contact the author(s) via their institution or organisation.
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 17 Mar 2017 15:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:25

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