Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology CEPT University
LOCAL over GLOBAL
Consume only what you can produce.
– Mahatma Gandhi
The traditional crafts, which forms identity of the local communities in most developing countries, are becoming extinct due to globalization and the industrial modes of production. The value of traditional crafts lies in the pride that comes through making personal bodily engagements, the vernacular associations, and sustainable processes of making. Contemporary India is losing the identities of such small communities and their traditional crafts, simultaneously trying to embrace new ways of productions.
To restore the identity and pride of the craftsperson and the communities, the project tries to make a novel shift in the traditional craft of Khadi–handspun and handwoven cotton cloth—weaving through an architectural intervention in the urban milieu, situated by the river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, India. This is where Mahatma Gandhi had started the Khadi movement as a programme for self-reliance and self-government for independence from imported foreign materials in 1918.
To uphold its legacy, the craft of weaving needs both, technological advancements with sensitivity and appreciation among larger audience to sustain in contemporary era. The architectural exploration draws inspiration from the act of weaving and it's spatial atmosphere. The architectural strategies and spatial organization are derived from the historical design principles of the context - Simplicity, Honesty of materials, Trueness of structure and Optimum intervention. The design ideas are manifested into pavilion-like structures made from a combined use of vernacular materials such as bamboo, rammed earth, etc., and advanced techniques of construction generating a background within which a craftsperson designs and creates hir own unique self-made workspace to get inspired from.