Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) was established in 2011 by Faculty of Design, CEPT University, India. In a short span of time it has become one of the most prominent centres for craft and traditional and vernacular building documentation. It’s mission is to inspire creativity, learning and innovation by conducting several activities such as the Space Making Craft workshops, supporting research and documentation, lectures, seminars, training programmes, design models, in an attempt to disseminate the knowledge of crafts and material culture of India.
One late winter afternoon, the little chirp of the sparrows was occasionally broken by my angel’s little giggles. As I went through my chores of dividing the new pack of homemade turmeric powder that my mom had sent me, I could no longer hear Pari’s giggles. My little Pari had sneaked a turmeric bag , pulled down my sari,and had made tiny winy yellow hand prints giving it life. She looked at me and chuckled showing me the great work of art. The bright sunshine like yellow turmeric hands took me back to my childhood days - to the days of me spoiling my ma’s saree ,to the days of much awaited mela filled with clay toys,masks, sugar candies in animal shapes, back to the childhood days flavored with warmth of my mother.
As I hugged Pari , that picture of my memories and the innocent smile on her face gave me my little pack of yellow sunshine; a sudden urge to reignite those lost joys. I decided to start my new endeavour and reconnect to my roots, to celebrate the tradition of storytelling, the culture of colors – the rich Indian ethnicity and the most valuable wealth –the Indian craft.
Turmeric hands is my little way to celebrate our legacy of rich Indian craft and connect to all those to convey this feeling.
Founded by Nisha Subramanian and her mom-in-law, Padma Krishnamurthy, WHIMS is a co-operative of women knitters from Naggar village in Himachal. They provide the wool and patterns, and the women - experts in knitting and crochet - create these charming, old-world with a modern twist, cozy accessories. They have also identified a family of weavers who create traditional Kinnauri and Kullu patterned stoles and shawls, and Pashmina stoles.