Dr Britta Kalkreuter from the School of Textiles and Design recently visited the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD) in Jaipur as part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) funded research on craft education.
Dr Kalkreuter discussed curriculum development and further collaboration with IICD staff and delivered three lectures to students.
The seminars centred on craft and cultural diversity, visual research and communication in design and crowd sourcing. Dr Kalkreuter also explained the concept behind ReSide, the exchange project between Scottish and Indian textile artists funded by Creative Scotland's Creative Futures programme.
The residency and exchange project offers designers from both participating countries the chance to extend personal and creative boundaries through travel, engagement with another culture rich in textile traditions as well as exchange and discourse with peer practitioners and communities within the host country. As part of the programme, Dr Kalkreuter visited craft projects in the Kutch region of Gujarat.
Dr Kalkreuter's visit concluded with a field trip to Sanganer where the block printing facilities of Rangothri offered an excellent insight into craft production in Jaipur.