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Crafts Museum recieves Rs 50 mn for upgradation
17
Sep '09
The Government has provided Rs.5 crore to upgrade the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum (Crafts Museum), said Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister of Textiles while inaugurating a month-long exhibition of arts and crafts titled “India Craft Journey”. Also present on the occasion were Tmt. Rita Menon, Secretary (Textiles), Ms. Jaya Jaitley, Dastkari Haat Samiti and Thiru B..K Sinha Development Commissioner , Handlooms .

The Minister said that an amalgamation of crafts and textiles representing the tradition of each State, the exhibition is being organized by the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum (Crafts Museum) in association with Dastkari Haat Samiti. Describing the exhibition as a “living folk culture” of the country, Thiru. Maran said it will highlight the map project started by the Samiti in 1994 with the intention of educating the public about the rich arts and crafts. These precious maps will be kept intact at one place so that discerning art lovers can see and understand our culture heritage, said Thiru Maran.

The Minister said that the art installations focus on aesthetically beautiful crafts procured from village markets, created at design workshops or sold at commercial outlets, and the message of the exhibition is that craft are everywhere and it is for our people to recognize their value and enrich their lives with them. The array of textures, the vibrant colours, the craft pieces of each composition, some unusual, some traditional but shown in a new context, attempt to capture the essence and richness of the local cultures of India, said Thiru. Maran.

The National Handicrafts and Handlooms (Crafts Museum)
The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum popularly called Crafts Museum, is one of the exclusive museum of national status devoted to open air display of vernacular architecture of different States and houses about 32,000 objects of folk, tribal and traditional art, crafts and textiles.

The Museum is spread in about 8 acre of land, of which about 4 acre, also called Village Complex, is exclusively devoted to open air display of vernacular architecture of different States. Low lying museum building designed by the renowned Architect Charles Correa, itself is a masterpiece construction. An interesting component of the museum is the monthly Crafts Demonstration Programme, where about 50 craftsperson/weavers from different parts of the country demonstrate the skills of art, craft and textiles to the uninitiated visitors. The multiplicity of design range in the Textiles Gallery provides an open classroom for the students. There are four permanent galleries, two temporary galleries where exhibition is mounted from and open displays. The Museum also has a Reference Library, which have books and journals concerning Indian crafts and textiles. Recently ticketing has been introduced to have accurate estimate of the visitors.

The exhibition will remain open from September 17 to October 16, 2009 (Monday closed).

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