As artisans are far removed from the urban consumers, it is imperative to provide design inputs and product development assistance from the beginning of the value chain to ensure that the end product matches the requirements and preferences of contemporary markets. This includes providing new designs as well as helping artisans formulate new and unique applications for existing skills using a range of different raw materials. For example, block printers are trained to modify their traditional motifs to create table-mats and napkins, a typical urban item that artisans would rarely need or use in their own

Metal or ‘dhatu’ has been a powerful element in shaping the ingenuity of man. The ability to use fire to tame metal and cast it into varihued shapes defines the territorial boundaries of the metal smith or the ‘luhaar’. Ore and its fusion has been the mainstay of specialized artisans in Gujarat. Even though metal ore is not naturally prevalent in the state, metal ware developed to a fine art suffusing every strata of society. Variety of different techniques are perfected to work in metal and its various alloys yielding a range of quality products. Different qualities inherent in each metal are lovingly coaxed out of the ore by the metal smith and rot into objects of splendorous beauty, aesthetic appeal and utility.

Organized and conducted from 20th November to 4th December 2013 by Faculty of Design, Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad in collaboration with Craftroots, Ahmedabad along with Industry support – International Copper Promotion Council (India), Mumbai and Rachaita Creative Solutions, Baroda.

The workshop focused on different types of metal-crafts like metal embossing, beaten metal work, cut work, metal engraving, sheet metal work, lost wax casting (Dhokra), traditional metal casting, along with the upcoming technologies. Gilding workshop, site visits and industry visits to Patan and Baroda were also conducted to expose the participants to various crafts and fabrication work.

The workshop constituted of 27 Craft Participants (Master Craftspeople, Fabricators, and Helpers from Gujarat [Kutch, Mehsana, Nadiad, Ahmedabad], Andhra Pradesh and Orrisa) and 30 design participants (Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students from Architecture, Planning, Construction Technology, Geomatics), facilitators and subject experts. The craftspeople, fabricators and design participants worked together on the specific design brief dealing with the spatial applications. Through a collaborative craft-design process, various outputs related to Interior Architecture were produced by hand-on explorations with various metal crafts. The craft design groups made Partitioning systems, Ceiling systems, Façade systems, Railing systems and Storage and Display systems.

Patwa is a thread craft which originated in Rajasthan and is now practised in parts of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, UP. The word Patwa has been derived from the Hindi word ‘pat’ meaning silk and those involved in the silk and cotton thread business are called Patwas. The Patwa are a mainly Hindu community. Traditionally they were weavers and engaged in jewellery-making business and worked with silver and golden threads. Nadas, Parandi, tassels, pironas of necklaces and payals and rakhis are all examples of the craft.

 This is a tribal craft which has a unique beauty in itself. The crafts persons of Patwa tribes string the glass beads in the threads and design beautiful necklaces, hair pins and bracelets. Coloured threads and glass beads attract the eyes of every one.

Craftroots organised a workshop to learn Patwa craft from one of the best artisans from Rajasthan. The workshop was held from 21st April to 27th April for master craftsmen associated with Craftroots from Gujarat.

More than 14 participants which included Master craftsmen, fabricators, interns, designers participated in this 7 days long workshop. The workshop was conducted by Ms. BhgyaShree, a fashion designer from Bhavnagar and two artisans Babubhai and Lakhanbhai from Jaipur. During the workshop, the participants were not only briefed theoretically but also enthusiastically created many samples with the help of master artisans.

Organized and conducted from 15th May to 17th May 2017 by Vineeta Nahar. The workshop focused on different types of leather craft, bead work , fabric accessories. The craft people , fabricators and design participants worked together on the making of bracelets in geometric patterns, they used different fabrics to make flowers pompoms beads coordinated accessories, also learnt the techniques of growing, riveting and stitching to make pouch.

Organized and conducted from 11th May to 13th May 2017 by Veenita Nahar. The workshop focused on different types of recycle old paper and make new paper in 3 different techniques, they also learnt to make layout and nets for chocolate box , coin box , paper tray and bags etc. They also learnt the techniques for making a diary with cover and japanese binding.