Bamboo, Woodcraft and Banarsi

This module revolves around Indian-International Craft/ Folk/ Tribal art/ Design Movements /Bio mimicry. It aims help us to develop an approach to generate ideas that can be changed into productive outcomes and apply research methods to support the data collection and analysis.

We had 5 categories to look into

  • Craft is handmade form of art done for earning a living. It is practiced internationally.
  • Folk art is utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. “India has inherited a pre-Aryan culture which is reflected in the folk art. Different religions, sectors and beliefs have co-existed throughout Indian traditional life.”[1]
  • In the contrary Tribal art generally refers to artifacts created in the past and native art. [2]
  • Design movements are the change and development in the world of art practiced on a large scale.
  • Bio mimicry according to means taking inspiration from the nature n using in the designs.

After exploring and collecting some data I decided to choose 3 most interesting topics, the first being- bamboo and cane craft from northeast- ‘Assam’, next up- beautiful brocade weaving of ‘Varanasi’ and lastly walnut woodcraft of heavens of earth-‘Kashmir’. I found bamboos as an exciting option because the outcomes are extremely creative and unique but it lacked in color variety and detailing. My next choice was the intricate work of walnut woodcraft, for me this was the best topic to go forward with but unfortunately the data available was not sufficient. Hence finally I decided to go forth with brocade textile because of the colorful, detailed, rich and festive fabric is so fascinating and to be honest I found a huge amount of ready data.




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