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Revival or Transformation (Editorial)

Title:Revival or Transformation (Editorial)
Author:Anand, Mulk Raj
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 18 Issue no. 1; December 1964, p. 2-3
Abstract:The utilitarian character of Rajasthani handicrafts has kept the tradition alive. Besides due to Rajasthan's predominantly agrarian economy, the penetration of machine-made goods has not gone beyond the main towns. The production and distribution of Indian handicrafts is being organized by the state governments, and new designs are being introduced and adapted to the traditional patterns by the All India Handicrafts Board. However, such adaptations have not always been well conceived. The commercialism of the ignorant town dealer at the expense of the craftsman has led to even further decay. In this paradoxical situation, it is necessary to develop this apparent revival into a renascent effort by transforming the creativeness of traditional craftsmen into a new expressionism through training. This special issue of Marg reproduces the process of the basic traditional crafts, and shows some examples of transformation which point towards new directions of craftsmanship.

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