IIAD was honoured to host ADI’s (Association of Designers of India) maiden event in Delhi, on Craft and Design.
Amit Gulati, Founder of Incubis and an active member of ADI, initiated the session. He went on to discuss the aim and need of a body such as ADI and, the importance of showcasing New Delhi on the Indian Design Map.
The event was marked by presentations on Craft and Design, its importance in today’s times and the need for bringing it to the fore through structured efforts. Tanveen Ratti, a furniture designer by profession and founder of Organic Connect, enlightened the audience with her experiences in the world of craft. She gave Arshad, a master crafstman from Sajawat Handicraft in Pilkhuwa, the platform to share his perspective on reviving the dying crafts of India such as block printing.
Anurag Rana was next to take stage and address the gathering on the need for establishing a craft repository that would essentially bridge the gap between craft and relevant stakeholders. Anurag is a textile designer and one of the founding members of Mon Ami Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organization that works with crafts experts, corporates and communities.
Ayush Kasliwal, founder of AKDPL Design Studio, took the baton from Anurag Rana to reiterate the event’s agenda i.e., promotion of Craft and Design. He is a furniture design graduate and enjoys participating in such events that encourage fruitful discussions around Design.
We had a wonderful time being a part of this conversation and look forward to some fantastic collaborations with ADI in the coming days.
ADI is Association of Designers of India, is a Not for Profit pan India body registered in Pune, India with the vision to be a world class network representing professional interests of Indian Design community, creating a meaningful interface between design professionals, people as users, the industry, education institutions and the policy makers. In addition to New Delhi, ADI has chapters in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune.