Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)
The Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) New Delhi has entrusted Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur to set up Needle work Design Bank at Jaipur. The coverage under the Design Bank have prominent Embroidery (needle work category of 14 states - Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamilnadu and Karnataka, having very interesting and extensive shared linage and tradition.
The broad objective to set-up a Needle work Design Bank was primarily to empower various embroidery cluster artisans of the regions with various challenges they face related to their livelihood. During the project duration, all the repository of design related information, historic assets on design related issues, craft design memories, artifacts assimilated, for content development, indexed and digitalized as part of the Bank for dissemination. In the end through this Design Bank project, IICD aims to work with NGOs at grassroots to develop web presence and digital libraries which will act like an artisans digital resource centre.