CHANGING EDUCATION MODELS FOR TRADITIONAL TEXTILE ARTISAN COMMUNITIES IN INDIA – TAASA Review March 2018

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This article was originally found in the March 2018 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 27, Issue 1, Page 20).

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Deborah Emmett W hen visiting the studios and workshops of traditional textile artisans in India I am always fascinated by the sense of quietude experienced.

Whether listening to the rhythmic clicks of the pashmina weaver’s shuttle loom in Kashmir or the repetitive thump of the wood block printer’s stamp in Rajasthan the artisans remain quietly concentrated on their work.

Their knowledge and skills about textile handcraft have been learned through practice in a specialised context and communicated through social networks. Bhukhu, appliqué embroiderer, with her grand-daughter, near Barmer, Rajasthan...