NIFT Craft Bazaar kicks off

  • Brings together artisans, students and public

Bhopal: NIFT Bhopal organized the annual craft bazaar named ‘Shashwat – The Handcrafted Happiness’ on 22nd and 23rd February 2024 at NIFT campus. Professor Dr. KG Suresh, Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication inaugurated the craft market. “The market brings together artisans, students and the public, promoting cultural exchange and appreciation of handmade goods,” he said.

More than 40 skilled artisans showcased their rich craft heritage and showcased their valuable skills among the young design students of NIFT Bhopal. 22 stalls were set up in the market.

Award winning artisans share their knowledge and skills

Handicrafts were displayed from different states and cities such as Chanderi, Maheshwar, Sheopur, Champa, Sironj, Bhopal, Bijnor, Narmadapuram, Neemuch, Bhairavgarh and Varasivani. Many State Award winning artisans shared their knowledge and skills with the students and faculty of NIFT, Bhopal.

Famous artisans included Moolchand (Maheshwar) – State Award Winner, Siddiq Gutti (Bhairavgarh Ujjain) – Renowned Batik Artisan, Aftab Ahmed (Bijnor) – Experienced Wood Craftsman, Sharif (Bhairavgarh Batik Cluster) – Experienced and Renowned Craftsman |

“These young people amazed me. His curiosity was infectious, bringing me out of my shell and inspiring me to look at my craft afresh.”-Bharat Kataria, Tan Singh, Ajay Rathore, Bhopal Bamboo Crafts

“This time, like every year, something new was learned and taught in the craft fair. By talking to fellow artisans, I became aware of their unique ideas, which I had never seen before. This experience is what draws me here year after year. – Mohammad Hasin said when asked about Handicraft Awareness Week and Crafts Fair.

NIFT working for upliftment of many endangered crafts

Craft Initiative Coordinator Dr. Smt. Anupam Saxena informed that NIFT Bhopal is working closely with these crafts for design intervention, product diversification and upliftment of many endangered crafts. As per the MoU between the Directorate of Handlooms and Handicrafts and the Ministry of Textiles, NIFT is tasked with helping the crafts sector (including craftsmen/artisans) become sustainable and self-reliant.

“This week reminds us that artisans not only create beautiful handicrafts, but they also cherish our cultural heritage and inspire us all with their ingenuity,” says Nancy Devangan, Sem 6, Department of Textile Design. .

Harshita Vyas, Sem 6, from the Department of Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design, says, “It is truly an honor to learn from craftsmen who have such rich traditions to share. The best part of this workshop is how patiently the craftsmen involve us in their demonstrations. “It’s a great way to learn beyond the classroom.”

Director Lt Col Ashish Agarwal, Joint Director Akhil Sahay, along with other dignitaries and faculty members were present. This program was successful due to joint efforts.

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