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Bamboo canopy: Creating new reference-points for the craft of the Kotwalia community in India through sustainability

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This article presents a framework to provide the Kotwalia, a traditional bamboo working community in India, with new directions on which to base craft evolution. The article proposes that collaborative innovation between designer and craftsperson is a means of expanding the craft vocabulary and tapping contemporary markets. It is also argued that a link between the apparently conflicting tenets of sustainability can be achieved through responsible and strategic design innovation which integrates the social, economic, ecological and cultural aspects.

Keywords: Kotwalia; bamboo; craft; design; industrialization; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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