Crafting Development and Developing Craft: An On-Going Dialogue

  • Ektaa Jain


Development is generally used in conjunction with the idea of advancement, technology, progress, mechanisation but as an idea this has scope for much more. It is in this context that this paper seeks to explore the humanistic aspect of development. Empowerment of artisans and building a secured position in this newly developing nation became a core issue. A certain kind of, what may be termed as, ‘craft renaissance’ seems to be taking place in context of India’s craft traditions at that time, all this occurring under the development umbrella. It is thus a bewildering contemporary reality that craft and artisan skills are labelled as backward. The notions of ‘modernity’ and ‘progress’ (often packaged with development) then become hazy and open up room for discussion and deliberation. It is thus interesting to note the relationship between development as an ‘ideal’ and craft as a forum for ‘enactment of this ideal’. From Gandhi’s belief in human skill of craft to the imagined enchanted notion of ‘skilled India’, craft domain is in an on-going dialogue with development.


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  • Ektaa Jain
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS)Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)New DelhiIndia

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