Standards for Best Practice in Application of Designs
A core element of the Sangam Project is a set of standards for best practice, resulting from dialogue across the network. The Make it New Again: Models for Innovation in Traditional Craft conference at NID in Ahmedabad identified some key concerns in craft product development. It is important now to open up these concerns for broad input.
Collaborations between designers and craftspersons offers potential mutual benefit. Craftspersons have access to new markets and creative stimulation through product development. Designers can add value through quality handmade skills and an engaging story.
Entrusting your design to someone else involves faith that it will be treated with respect. The existence of standards provides designers and craftspersons with a platform on which to build this trust.