The project was done under a programme called Antaran by Tata trusts in and initiative working to train artisans to become entrepreneurs. The cluster allotted was in Nagaland. The project taught the student a lot of important lessons. Exposure to the region’s unorganized hand loom industry led to a better understanding of the various factors affecting a handwoven product. The challenge of communicating CAD ideas to craftspeople without being on the ground during the pandemic proved to be a fantastic learning experience.
The ability to interact with craftspeople, inform them of their distinctive craft processes, and provide them better economic possibilities without physically being there was one of the most crucial lessons. Working within constraints, making decisions that would have an influence on real-world issues, and producing contemporary things without sacrificing the indigenous customs were among the project’s most important challenges.
Two product collections were eventually made after the pandemic’s emergency design procedure:
• Five cushions, a table runner, and a throw blanket make this cozy living room set.
• A stylish grouping of one throw blanket, one table runner, and five cushions for the living room.
Later, CADS collections were made available on the AAC (Antaran Artisan Connect) website in order to provide artists with business prospects during the epidemic.
Backstrap loom, Handwoven, Loinloom, Nagaland, Naga textiles