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Jimena Biro
Anilbhai Suthar
Client Name : Collaborative project with Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, DICRC, Ahmedabad
Location : CEPT University, Ahmedabad
The Canvas :

This project was part of the Innovation Internship program of DICRC in partnership with CraftCanvas, Ahmedabad. It was a four-week project from 1st to 30th July 2013 wherein the craft design process went through several stages of development like hands-on work, material exploration, design brief development and market surveys. The aim of this project was to bring together design innovation and traditional craft techniques.

The Craft :

Wood turning and lacquer, Dholka, Gujarat

Inspiration :

The name ArKa has been derived by the team through the combination of two words- Artesania (Spanish word for crafts) and Kala (Indian word for crafts).Project ArKa is a modular multifunctional storage system developed with Wood Turning Lacquer Craft practiced in Dholka, Gujarat. It was a collaboration through the craft design process between an industrial designer from Mexico, Jimena and a crafts person, Anil from Dholka, Gujarat.

Challenges :

The final product represents a successful amalgamation of design, craft and technology. However, this translation was a challenging process.

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