Craft Village

Rare Crafts of India

Disclaimer: Craft Workshops are a medium of self exploration, since art is self exploratory in nature. Craft Village does not interfere in medium and ways a master intends to teach, these workshops are solely on the discretion of Master Artist/Craft men. Art can not be taught in structured manner and each master has an individual style hence each workshop is different. To know more, kindly write us at

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Phoolon Ke Rang Se- Natural Dyes and Block Printing
Date: 25-26 November 2017
Time: 10.00am-5.00pm
​​“Phoolon Ke Rang Se: Recipes for Sustainable Textiles Workshop” on 25 & 26th Nov 2017. We are happy that last time participants could raise the bar and learn many meaningful things, but the Edition-3 workshop will have Indigo Natural Dyeing as one of the major attractions for the workshop besides new recipe of colors.

Today, Sustainability has become a grave concern for the world, and carbon footprint has become imperative for producing anything that can cause a long-term damage to the planet. India for years have played a significant role in textiles, using limited & local resources, non-polluting the environment through natural dyes, re-use of textiles for responsible consumption and secret recipes that has originated from plants making these textiles survive for ages. To develop sustainable textiles, the 2-day Natural Dye workshop would focus of innovative ideas where the various colors and shades through Natural Dyes (including dyes made of flowers) can be made, this season’s special edition is Natural Indigo Dyeing (which is a rare attribute in Delhi) for the fashion & textile lovers, who can create various shades and design through understanding the Blue-Hues. Natural yarns would also be dyed with organic natural colors such as Kusum Ke Phool (Flowers), Harsingar Ke Phool (Flowers), Manjistha, Tea, Geru (Terracotta), and other natural ingredients. These will be washed, treated to achieve the exact color recipe for various tints and shades. Today sustainability and Carbon footprints are two-sides of the coin being added to measure the efficiency of the products produced world-wide, learning NaturalDyeing would be certainly a great asset in adding plethora of new knowledge going forward.

The workshop is as usual hands on and practical in its delivery, with actually working on achieving color recipes on fabrics/textiles, besides getting inputs on how to develop different colors through natural dyes. The weather is also great to support the outdoor dyeing activity, we hope you would have enrolled for the workshop​

​Facilitator: Dr. Himadri Ghosh, Director, Banasthali Institute of Design, Banasthali University, Rajasthan

Dr. Himadri Ghosh is the Mentor & Guide of Craft Village, Delhi besides heading Banasthali Institute of Design (BID) at Banasthali University. He has been a graduate of NID and has pursued higher education at Shanti Niketan and MSU Baroda, and had done Special training in rotary printing and engraving, Stork Brabant, Boxmeer, Holland. He has been a sustainable expert at UNDP in the area of sustainable livelihood through Craft and Rural Initiatives. Worked as Advisor, Harrow Business School, University of Harrow, U.K, and Merekere University, Kampala and at Manilla, Dr. Ghosh has innovated new ways in evolving inclusive approach towards development and empowerment of global communities. 
He has been the Mentor of Khamir, an Indian NGO for the empowerment of artisans, and involved in Julaha, a Swiss NGO targeting poverty in handloom. The challenges were to create sustainable employment for craftsmen through improvements in production processes and quality to match international standards, and through support for access to market. He has also headed various positions in Design education and research in design pedagogy: guided a student of Mumbai University for craft based doctoral thesis, and presently guiding twelve PhD students of design from Banasthali University.
He has been on the board of the handloom school and SNDT University’s fashion school, Pune, an advisor of Hyderabad School of Design, India (a Malaysian project). Worked for the up-liftment of Madhya Pradesh Handlooms and Handicrafts Commission on upgrading the Sarangpur handloom weavers’ skills and has developed products for the Commonwealth games 2010, an opportunity that was used to upgrade the skills and creating sustainable employment for the Kutch, Benares and Kota weavers. He has also developed and designed a fundamental design course for LMW Foundation, Coimbatore, and for Bhawanipore Education Society, Calcutta, as subject module for engineering colleges under UGC and for introducing design as an alternative stream for higher secondary school boards. 
He has been the Principal Designer, Faculty of Textile and Apparel at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, where the administrative responsibility of imparting designs education in the position of Activity Chairman Education, a member of the governing council of NID, and had set up Khadi and Village Industries Cell commencing Afri –Khadi project while inking MOU with 22-design institutions worldwide. He has also been instrumental in India’s first National Design Business Incubator in 2005. Other positions include member of the advisory body of NIFT, Gandhinagar and the Director, of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) TEA, Tirupur, India etc. Dr. Ghosh has also published research papers in Apparel & Textiles, and has won many accolades and awards for his outstanding contribution in Apparel, Textiles and Craft Sector.

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