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Craft Study and Product Design Interventions: Soapstone Craft Cluster of Dhakotha Area in Kendujhar District of Odisha, India

Santosh Kumar Jha

Senior Faculty, Leather Goods and Accessories Design Department, Footwear Design and Development Institute, Noida, India. Email: handicraftdesigner@gmail.com

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Abstract

This paper covers the dynamics of Soapstone Craft of Dhakotha. Broadly this paper can be divided into two parts, i.e., crafts study part and product design intervention part. The crafts study part includes- research methods, craft introduction, crafts location, craft history, available raw materials, craftsmen and existing skill sets, tools under use, involved craftsmanship processes, existing product ranges etc. On the basis of understandings developed during crafts study, this researcher had explored different market specific and end-user focused product design possibilities. The product design intervention part includes different product design interventions and collections developed by researcher with a holistic approach. There are two different soapstone clusters, with different skill sets, i.e., Soapstone carving cluster and Soapstone ????? ????? or Patthar Kundo cluster; are practicing in same geographical area, so studying and exploring interventions in joint mode was an interesting experience for this researcher. This craft study cum design intervention initiative was conducted during 2010-2011 by this author.

Keywords: Stone Craft of India, Craftsmanship, Crafts & Design, Craft Excellence, Carving Crafts

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