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|The craft of Banni artisans was extensively embedded in the Hodka community eco-resort project.|
Strengthening Local Artisans
INDIA has a diverse set of eco-systems giving rise to diverse cultures.
AMALGAMATING technology with cultural needs, local artisans have developed habitat design and technologies that are time-tested for safety and use environmental resources in a sustainable way.
HOWEVER, new knowledge creation in scientific and design institutions has disregarded this traditional knowledge base. New knowledge systems have created specialisations, where artisans have been relegated only to skilled labour and the prerogative of providing the design and artistic content is controlled by new educated elite.
THIS HAS RESULTED in lack of validation of traditional sciences and its inability to keep pace with fast changing needs of modern times.
HUNNARSHALA is exploring i) validation of the science of local artisans’ knowledge; ii) redesign products using their knowledge and skills for the contemporary needs; iii) documenting their knowledge base in its cultural and environmental context; iv) identifying the master artisans to link them to market through our projects.
THROUGH THIS PROCESS , Hunnarshala hopes that an indigenous vocabulary of architecture would emerge giving local cultural expressions.
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