#OneVoiceforCraft – Chapter 1: India
A lawyer for artisans.
The aim of the study is to understand the current status of artisans in India and pencil their
position as right-holders.
What is the current status of the custodians and transmitters of traditional textile knowledge?
On March 31st 2019 I will start a journey of 60 days
throughout India talking to, connecting with
and observing the people whose rights the Cultural IP Rights Initiative and myself are advocating
I decided to do this field study because I want to hear the voice of the artisans themselves.
As conscious consumers, tourists, artists, academics and entrepreneurs from all fields of
business, we should be interested in answers to the following questions:
How did these skilled people learn their craft and what does it mean to them?
What is their relationship with traditional knowledge?
What are their dreams and expectations?
What is the role of the artisan? A creator? A custodian of knowledge? A subordinate?Why?
Traditional textiles write a story of the world. And textile artisans are tireless narrators of this story.
Since its launch on April 26th 2018 the Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative
mediator between the interests of formalized fashion businesses and those of artisans and
traditional creative communities: we organized the first Cultural Sustainability in Fashion Workshop in a textile education institution, at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden
we are consulting with fashion businesses on how to integrate artisan collaborations in their
supply chains and we are freely consulting our members on how to protect and promote the
cultural IP rights of the artisans they work with and develop benefit sharing business models.
Whilst the needs and struggles of fashion businesses today are clearly expressed and
understood, professional reports on the state of fashion at large appear annually and the industry
strives to be a leader in innovation and sustainability, we cannot say the same about the state of
the artisans. Not only is there not enough transparency in understanding their activity, struggles
and concerns, but often times the work of artisans is plagiarized by the fashion industry and their
creative work is not rightfully valued.Itinerary
For 60 days I will be travelling throughout India and with the help of specialized guides and
translators I will interviewing artisans that work with traditional textiles.
I will start my journey in New Delhi. From there, I will travel to the district of Gujarat where I will
work in collaboration with and under the guidance Kuldip Gadhvi, renowned textile and cultural
tour guide in Kutch, Gujarat and founder of a unique alliance of artisans in Kutch – United Artisans of Kutch.
Currently I am working on the rest of the itinerary with the great help of many supportive
individuals of the Cultural IP Network. How?
This field study employs a unique research perspective, combining direct observation of artisan
creation with analysis of the legal standing of the artisan as right holder.
I will document the research process through photographs and written material which will be
publicly available on https://www.culturalintellectualproperty.com/blog
Through this live documentation you will get to meet the artisans and volunteers involved in the
research, to the extent they give their consent.
Based on all the information gathered within these 60 days I will elaborate a report aimed at
facilitating the access of traditional textile artisans to the global market and inspiring artisans to
understand their vital contribution to the survival of the textile heritage of mankind. How to support?
This is a fully independent research
supported through my own resources, the contributions and
priceless support of volunteers and the help of benefactors who believe in empowering artisans
Become a benefactor by supporting Chapter 1: India of the #OneVoiceforCraftCosts to cover
Visa – 80 EUR
Transport to and from India – 440 Eur
Vaccines and immunizations – aprox. 250 EUR
Travel Insurance – aprox. 300 EUR for 60 days
Transport across India – New Dehli – Gujarat State; New Dehli – Rajasthan (Jaipur Airport) -Transport within Gujarat and Rajasthan - Aprox: 600 EUR
Guides & translators > 750 EUR
Food & Accommodation expenses (for 60 days) – aprox 2500 EUR