As part of a collaborative initiative between the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI), USA and the Tata Trusts, India, we invite practitioners in the handicraft and handlooms sectors to partake in a webinar on Rural Livelihoods in the Handicrafts and Handlooms sectors in India to know more about the current state of the sector and the potential it holds for rural livelihoods creation.
This webinar will be hosted on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6 to 7 pm IST.
This is the third webinar scheduled in a series that will continue through December 2016, and will be conducted by faculty from Harvard with experts from India.
This is being offered completely free of cost for a limited number of participants, we request you to register at the earliest.
Information about the speaker
Dr. Vandana BhandariL Professor and Dean (Academics) at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi
Indian handicrafts are a vast and important, but rapidly-disappearing aspect of Indian society and culture. While a range of handicraft organizations have been at the forefront of introducing consumers to traditional handicraft techniques and skills in the form of innovative and beautiful products, the sustainability of the supply of these products is threatened by the rate at which artisans seek alternative livelihoods. Documentation of craft techniques and practices is a crucial tool in a programmatic agenda to preserve that which is not just cultural heritage, but, in a world where handmade is equal to luxury, a competitive advantage.
Dr. Bhandari will share her expertise and experiences gleaned from years in the field, spent documenting cultural and economically significant crafts in danger of succumbing to modernization and socio-economic changes in the nation. Dr. Bhandari will provide practical insights on the benefits of documentation, as well as documentation best practices for organizations working in the handicraft sector.