Dr. Toolika Gupta
In today’s world where globalization and mass consumption are the buzz words, the craft sector faces a threat of extinction without proper support. India, a country rich in its hand craft traditions wishes to acknowledge the contributions made and issues faced by a huge number of its craftsmen. Many NGOs and institutes are working towards saving India’s languishing crafts. They have their challenges, as one needs to not only save the crafts but solutions should be sought to make the crafts self-sustainable.
The Indian Institute of Craft and Design is a unique institute as it focuses on the understanding, promotion, design development, design intervention, marketing intervention and sustainability of Indian crafts. IICD offers courses which target various crafts practiced in the country, that include soft materials like textiles to hard materials like wood and metal along with fired materials like pottery and ceramics. IICD offers a holistic view to aspiring designers. The focus is on the aesthetic along with functionality of the design. Like the 19th century ‘Art and craft movement’ which shunned the mediocrity in industrial design and focused on the niche qualities of the hand crafted, the Indian Institute of Craft and Design inculcates the love for quality, design and craftsmanship in its students.
Beginning from the 2017-18 sessions, the fresh intake of IICD will be awarded degrees in design (B. Des – Bachelor in Design, and M. Des – Master in Design) in collaboration with The Central University of Rajasthan. This is a big step in acknowledging the work done by IICD administration, faculty and students. Equipped with a degree, the students will have many avenues open to them, they could consider research and further studies, work as designers in the industry, help the craftsmen to uplift their confidence by training them or set up flourishing businesses as designers and entrepreneurs with emphasis on the craftsmanship.
I invite all enthusiastic inspiring designers to be a part of IICD, to quench their thirst for knowledge and to explore their potential in a healthy environment.
With all good wishes,