Craft Village has been established to bridge the gap between rural & urban communities; the objective is to provide a platform for learning and sharing Rare & Exclusive Traditional Crafts, which finally helps in uplift ment of Craftsman and their communities. The initiative has been taken to educate children in their formative years to understand the importance of Crafts in nation building, livelihood, social inclusion & sustainable culture besides giving major source of employment to millions of people.
It has helped in marking ‘International Craft Day’ on 15th October every calendar year, a day dedicated to celebrate world crafts, started International Craft Awards in 2017 with participation from more than 30-countries to recognize artisans/craftsman, designers, organisations and all who are associated with Craft Sector for its development & growth. In 2018, it started India Craft Week and in 2019 India Craft Week Preview in London amongst many other initiatives taken so far.
Craft Village has also been instrumental in dedicating a day (marked as15th October, recognised now by Google) as “International Craft Day” for Craft community, patrons, organisations and countries to celebrate global crafts. International Craft Day was inaugurated by Dr. Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi, President, World Craft Council-APR in the presence of dignitaries from across the world. The day saw Craft Display, Craft Shops, Rare & exclusive Craft workshops, Interactive session titled An Agenda for Survival; Crafting Lives, Traditional and Folk Music, Traditional Food and many others.
Craft Village also instituted the 1st ever International Craft Awards in 2017 to recognize Craftsman, Artisans, Designers, Individuals/Organisations from across the world for their outstanding contribution in sustainable & inclusive development for Craft Sector. The awards got participation from across the world from more than 30-countries and finalist from Nepal, Egypt, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Serbia, South Africa, Hong Kong and many State Governments from India. The Chief Guest for the International Craft Awards 2017 was Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, Govt. of India, and the esteemed jury members from across the world including Dr. Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi, President, World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific Region, Padmashri Laila Tyabji, Founder, Dastkar & legendary craft activist, Padmashri S. Shakir Ali, Master Artist Indian Miniature Paintings, Dr. Himadri Ghosh, Director, BID and former academic head NID, Ahmedabad, Erroll Pires Nelson, Master of Camel Split Ply Braiding and Retd. NID Faculty, Ahmedabad, Manisha Jha, Brand Ambassador of Sante Fe Tribal Art festival, USA & the National Award Winner, J. Niranjan, President, Paramparik Karigar & Nantong International Award Winner, Dr. Fatina Saiklay, Founder and Director of Co-Creando & Sustainable Ideas Lab, Milan, Italy & Prof. Aftab Gharda, Former Director, BIAD, United Kingdom, High Commissioners from Award winning countries, delegation from Punjab & Kerala Government amongst many others
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