International Centre for Indian Crafts (ICIC)
Craft traditions in India continue to reflect diverse regional and socio-cultural profiles of the country. Frequently, craft traditions communicate important cultural concepts and function beyond their basic role of ornamentation and cultural expression.
Traditionally, crafts were produced and managed by the craftsmen themselves. However, “Globalisation” demands innovative products, materials, and processes with new standards of quality and creativity. Today, due to changes in social set ups, culture and economy, the crafts and the crafts persons are increasingly becoming vulnerable to new realities. Strengths of Indian handicrafts is increasingly being recognised both in export as well as domestic urban markets, but the qualitative market intelligence flow between market-place and the crafts persons is not up to the desired level. Besides, quality of production, approaches for further market development, protection of traditional wisdom and practices through IPR, sustainability, crafts promotion, etc. are the other aspects that need to be addressed for effective growth of Indian handicrafts. Design plays a major role in empowering the crafts and crafts persons, both as an enabler and a value adder. Only knowledge empowerment and efficient multi- disciplinary networking can lead to cutting edge advantage to Indian crafts. Attributes of Indian handicrafts have a great potential to contribute in this direction if hand held properly.
International Centre for Indian Crafts (ICIC) is set up with the primary aim to effectively understand the needs, strengths and weaknesses of a particular crafts sector and apply NID's interdisciplinary design expertise and knowledge base for capacity building and skill up gradation of artisans with a Global - Local approach. The unique approach is to develop a national and international network for Crafts Design Research, Training and Knowledge Dissemination for providing collaborative and sustainable linkages to the Indian crafts sector.
To add value to Indian handicrafts sector and the crafts persons through design dissemination nd training, spearheaded by innovation and design research with an interactive global public-private-community network, to emerge with greater strengths and distinct sustainable identity.
The road map and vision of ICIC have been developed with the long experience and expertise of NID with the handicrafts sector. In order to provide a greater relevance with a meaningful direction to centre's activities, a national seminar, ”Indian Crafts: the future in the globalizing world” was organised in November, 2005. A number of national and international experts shared their views and contributed to prioritising the needs and crystallising the scope for design intervention opportunities in the crafts sector. The outcome of this shared vision continues to be one of the key catalysts to the future development of ICIC-NID.