Research > Studies on Traditional Artisanry

Traditional artisanry with its myriad range of products and diverse opportunities in providing livelihood perhaps represent the cultural diversity of India at its best.

From traditional livelihoods such as hand weaving of clothes, hand made crafts such as wood or stone carving, pottery to use of traditional methods in fishing and metallurgy, India has a wide range of processes of production which are typically artisanal.

In the process of modernization and industrialization during colonial and post-colonial periods,the production processes among artisans have undergone transformation with respect to linkages with procurement of raw material, increased exposure to markets, and so on. Some sectors have survived with or without considerable decline and some have stagnated or perished.

Nevertheless, small scale industry with varying degrees of household mode of production still account for large share of industrial production in India.

In this context, CSD focuses on the study of various modes of production of artisanal manufacturing. The sector focus has been on the impact of modernisation and mechanization of crafts in fishing, the impact of globalization on hand weaving industry, khadi and village industries as provider of employment in rural areas and so on.