Conserving culture at India’s official Craft Week 2021

Ruhi Gilder
The third edition of a project by New Delhi-based social enterprise Craft Village, World Craft Council – Asia Pacific, supported by British Council India is to be held from 19th to 21st February.  
India Craft Week showcases the nation’s heritage- our skilled craftsmen, bringing the community of over a hundred to an event that honours their handmade artistry. The second-largest craft week in the world brings together organisations, brands, institutions, designers, craftsmen, artisans, from India and the world. 
Bridging the gap between independent producers and contemporary luxury brands, the show holds workshops with the masters. These hands-on learning experiences range from colourful Phulkari embroidery, Pashmina weavingGond paintingBagru block printing and Madhubani painting 
Exhibits of fantastically detailed Warli art, folk & tribal performances, such as the Snow Lion Dance from Sikkim or Lavani Maharashtra find a place at ICW.  
Expect artistic installations, book launches and discussionsfilms about crafts, local cuisines, and symposiums with past speakers like Anju Modi, Rahul Mishra. Part of events are the heritage walks that reacquaint attendees with awe-inspiring architecture and history of Delhi like Lodhi Gardens, Agrasen ki Baoli and Lutyens’ Delhi.
Founder of India Craft Week, Iti Tyagi, an Indian designer and social entrepreneur set up Craft Village in 2015, a platform that aims to connect artisans making handicrafts directly with buyers and patrons. To provide sustainable livelihood & exposure to nationwide craft communities post-pandemic, Tyagi says, “This year is very special as artisans and craftsmen have gone through a massive phase of distress, and it is heartening to see that after a year of pandemic these cultural ambassadors of crafts will be joining us from all over India.
The four-day-long initiative has events across New Delhi at the British Council and Bikaner House. Tickets are currently available on Insider.in.
 
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