December 14, 2023

Design and Sustainability in Indian Handicrafts : In the light of The ‘New EducaNon policy’ (NEP 2020)

A lecture for School Teachers, delivered on 14th December 2023 by Prof. (Dr) Toolika Gupta Design and Sustainability in Indian Handicrafts : In the light of The ‘New Education policy’(NEP 2020). It was on a nice warm and sunny morning of the 14th December 2023, when around 40 teachers, who teach art, craft and design in various schools in and around Jaipur came to the premises of the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design. The […]
December 8, 2023

Red Fort -New Delhi

Visit to the inauguration ceremony of India Art Architecture and Design Biennale (IAABD) @Red Fort, New Delhi There was huge traffic on the roads, the craziness of old Delhi Chandni chowk, honking of cars, mushrooming of auto rickshaws near the red fort metro station, and the humbling feeling of being a small human being in this large mass of Indian population, when in my official car, accompanied by my husband, I was trying to find […]
March 9, 2023

Mrs. Jasleen Dhamija – A Craft Revivalist, A Tribute by Dr. Toolika Gupta

A homage must paid be to the pioneers who steered us towards all good things in life, and especially towards craft revivalism. To Jasleen ji, I bow my head in reverence. Thanks to my upbringing at the Lady Irwin College, I believe in the courage of women and I admire them. A complete woman is someone who has the ability to see what needs to be done for others and picks up from there, she […]
January 11, 2023

Thread That Connects The Earth And The Sky

-By Ms. Pampa Panwar,  Professor, IICD, Jaipur A glowing pause in the winter sky; when thread is a connecting device between the earth and the sky. Transparent canvas of the wide-open sky form a backdrop for an ephemeral performance during Makar Sankranti. Controlled by human hands, sparkling kites – pink, blue, yellow, green sweep and sway in infinite space as a dance in slow rhythm. Orchestrated by the release and restrain of fingers; the kites […]
April 7, 2022
ठ से ठठेरा | Tha se Thathera

THA SE THATHERA | (ठ से ठठेरा)

A good skilled craftsman makes the craft unique & luxurious. While the word Thathera translates in English to Coppersmith & Brass smith, this metal beaton craft is locally called ‘Thathera or Metal Beaton Work’. The artisans in old Jaipur city have been practicing the craft since the day founding stone of Jaipur was laid. Over time the increased division of labour and craftsmanship led to increase in the average scale & scope of work. The […]
January 11, 2022

How we taught about Fair Trade Practices through Nukkad Natak | Fair Trade Practices in India | Importance of Nukkad Natak

-By Ms. Renu Bhagwat, Associate Professor, IICD, Jaipur Nukkad in India is not just a word, it is an emotion of people performing to create awareness among the general public on a certain topic. Nukkad Natak in English is known as Street Play and as the name implies, are presentations or acts in an open area in mostly large groups. Anyone can watch it free of cost and is mainly designed for common people. These […]
July 30, 2021

The Fading Frescoes and Abandoned Mansions of Shekhawati | Rajasthan

Shekhawati region is famous world wide for it’s haveli’s and fresco paintings that have earned it the reputation of being the world’s largest open – air gallery. – By Swati Jain Associate Professor Course Coordinator -Fashion Design
March 9, 2021


Indian Institute of Craft & Design (IICD) is committed towards the development of the craft sector. Craft sector is the second largest sector providing employment to people in the country, second only to agriculture. It also encourages sustainable development. Out of the seventeen sustainable development goals set by the United Nations the craft sector touches twelve. Working earnestly for the development of this sector the Institute is also committed to bring about sustainable development in […]
January 12, 2021


Swami Vivekananda was an embodiment of compassion and courage. His spirited approach based on the foundation of worldly and spiritual knowledge generated a new consciousness and enthusiasm amongst the youth. His novel idea was to chart a new path for humanity. He kindled a light towards the path to perfection; a slow, but steady journey through an awareness of the worldly entanglements of material pleasures. This path is more adventurous, thrilling, and inspiring than the conquest […]
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