Craft Documentation of Flexible Brass Craft of Bellaguntha, Ganjam, Odisha, India

Santosh Kumar Jha
School of Leather Goods & Accessories Design, Footwear Design & Development Institute, Noida.

 Volume 6, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/chitro.v6n3.05

Received September 15, 2016;
Revised October 15, 2016;
Accepted October 20, 2016;
Published October 22, 2016.


Documentation of a traditional craft is important for preserving its identity and to communicate its details to the audience. So, this was important to document different aspects of the flexible brass craft of Bellaguntha. This paper is based over a set of field visits to these craft clusters, located in and around Bellaguntha block area in Ganjam district of Odisha state in India, by this researcher. The purpose of this paper is to prepare a literature database about the flexible brass craft of Bellaguntha, which may help for further research activities by encouraging researchers, who are willing to contribute in the areas of craft studies, traditional knowledge, conservation and preservation of indigenous technologies, design research etc. not only in India, but also in other developing and underdeveloped nations of our beautiful world; where a number of countless traditional crafts and indigenous knowledges are still under waiting and attracting researchers to explore further studies, documentation and publication, so that their glorified existence can be recognized by the world community.

Keywords: Craft and Design Studies, Languishing Traditional Metal Craft, Handicraft Artisan, Craft Studies, Conservation of Indigenous Technical Knowledge, Craft Documentation