UNESCO Saree Weaving Clusters of India - Chanderi.
India has a dynamic and vivid history of numerous art and craft forms. They have played a major role in shaping civilizations and communities. An excellent example of one such craft is Saree weaving in India. The saree is undoubtedly distinguishable as the Indian women’s traditional attire and is essentially a valuable Indian contribution to the world’s cultural heritage and diversity.
The project initially started with the idea of identifying some of these craft clusters which work within their vernacular setting even in the present context.
The case in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh; one of the seven iconic saree weaving clusters of India recognized by UNESCO - A major urban centre since the 11th century, the town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh produces textile that is highly skilled and unique. Each community in this town is attached to the weaving process by means of one or the other activity like producing the yarn or dyeing contributing to the manufacturing of the fabric. This art form is the main reason behind the development of their economy and community.
The increase in demand of mass production and establishment of looms has led to a major shift in this profession. The artisans now face a huge crisis of unemployment.
This thesis is an attempt to revive this traditional art by means of architecture and policy making by providing spaces and activities that not only target towards direct selling and exhibiting of the produced items but also by showcasing them at a larger global scale. This institute would also be a medium for the coming generations and for interested and skilled individuals to learn the entire process of saree weaving. The institute will also be a medium for introduction of new techniques and procedures as well as research for the same.