Artisanal Studios for Gujarat, India : Reviving the Textile and Print Craft by design of architectural studios for rural artisans integrated in the urban fabric of Ahmedabad
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The thesis aims to develop an architectural strategy as a comprehensive and creative platform for traditional artisans of Gujarat to strengthen and promote the rich textile and printing crafts through architecture design. The project proposes that architecture can integrate the rural craftwork in the day-to-day life of people and create a positive environment that encourages the local community. Previous architectural interventions and projects like Sanskriti Kendra (A craft village) and SEWA (a social organization) provided a social platform for the craftsmen practicing the forgotten craft. However, these approaches proved less successful in terms of immediate experience of the working process of the art in an urban setting. To integrate the craft and craftwork process in the urban fabric, spatial programming by adapting the craft in new architectural ways is the key approach. This will be carried out by developing rhythmic and comfortable spaces for both craftsmen and visitors as participants. The thesis incorporates photographic documentation, GIS mapping, sketches to study the immediate context, amalgamation of drawings, digital presentation, and techniques for the final presentation. This research proposes an alternative approach to designing the spaces for indigenous artisans by integrating contemporary architectural spaces with creative programs that allow the people to connect with the rich tradition of craft. This design approach would analyze factors that led to the decline, in order to encourage a craft resurgence.
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Manav Kelawala (2021). Artisanal Studios for Gujarat, India : Reviving the Textile and Print Craft by design of architectural studios for rural artisans integrated in the urban fabric of Ahmedabad. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/17351