Handicraft

A platform for an exchange of ideas and views to craft activities

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India
IN India
Web http://www.craftrevival.org/
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About the project Edit

This platform has created a knowledge base, furthered an exchange of ideas and views between scholars, crafts people, craft support organizations, markets and craft buyers, and provides a forum for advocacy and empowerment. It is the largest available composite archive of information and analysis of its kind both online and otherwise. The content sourced from a wide, credible and knowledgeable network of e-searchers, practitioners, academics, students and others from across the world is recognized for its width of topics and authentic texts.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Crafts Revival Trust is helping to save these forms, arts and artisans for posterity using digital technology, digital media and the web.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This platform has created a knowledge base, furthered an exchange of ideas and views between scholars, crafts people, craft support organizations, markets and craft buyers, and provides a forum for advocacy and empowerment. It is the largest available composite archive of information and analysis of its kind both online and otherwise. The content sourced from a wide, credible and knowledgeable network of researchers, practitioners, academics, students and others from across the world is recognized for its width of topics and authentic texts.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Manthan Award South Asia '09 > Award Winners, E-CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT: 03
On Craft Revival Trust, over the last few years had regular workshop at large public venues such as the Dastakar’s Nature Bazaar and in schools where we tried and succeeded in an interesting experiment called Hands On. They trained young students to be educators with the students organizing, running and teaching in the workshops. The worshops held included: Dying with Waste from the Kitchen, handmade paper making from old notebooks and newspapers and Jewelry making.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

A booming economy and rapid progress usually has no room for traditional arts and crafts. These revenue sources and family livelihoods simply have no place in an environment where new businesses, services and industrialized manufacturing employs thousands and rewards people with sums unheard of in traditional crafts making. This is why it is vital that someone like the Crafts Revival Trust is there to report and chronicle our age old arts and crafts.The Craft Revival Trust (CRT), established in 1999,works with craft and crafts persons to document oral traditions, analysing and disseminating information and transmitting knowledge of craft, folk and tribal and handloom textile forms.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Over the past years Craft Revival Trust has developed organically and tangentially. Their work had had an impact. In order to continue, the organization need support for its multiple projects.
The activities of the Trust have been funded by enlightened individuals and organisations; among them the organisation appreciation is due to UNESCO, USA for their partnesship on the Lao PDR project, Planning Commision, Government of India, Office of Handicraft, Ministry of Textiles and the innumerable individuals who have contributed their time and energy.


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    Digital Knowledge Center (DKC) is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to function as an ‘Online repository’ of best digital contents for development in India and South Asia.

    With the incoming of new technology in ICT and digital content technology along with various technology delivery platforms, a lot many interventions in digital content have been taking place in South Asia. Interventions are visible in all major areas – Education, Learning, Health, Governance, Entertainment, Localization, Commerce, Culture, Environment, Tourism, Infrastructure and so on. Creation of digital content, its deployment, service delivery and usage has increased each day.

    While these developments are taking place, it is equally critical to have these interventions and practices shared, exchanged, and deployable from one place to another. For this to happen, one needs to have a resource bank available for learning, sharing and replication. Digital Knowledge Centre works as such a platform in audio-visual documentation format, which provides solutions to many of our social, economic, cultural and governance challenges.