Design Innovation & Interventions: A Tool of Success for Chikankari Craft


21st Century is marked with economic recessions in developed countries and threats to our planet EARTH with global warming on one hand and globalization and developments on the other hand. Concepts like sustainable and eco friendly emerged from these platforms. A recent recession in United States economy not only doomed many big companies, but also provided a new dimension and perspective to craft sector and innovations in design. This paper presents a view that how textile designs has provided a boon in the textile craft sector in India with relevance to Chikankari, hand embroidery from Lucknow. The paper talks about various innovations been done in the last few years to uplift this handicraft which has been a huge success. The article concludes with the overview on the importance of design to add value to any product.


Present decade are the years of changes, happening in all the fields science, technology, fashion or any other. Today with the threat to our planet the agenda of all the countries is to safeguard our environment. There have been ups and downs for the economies of various countries which could be due to wars, internal social fights, nature disasters and many more. The low in economy or what we call recession in any country affects the whole market of the world. This is all because of Globalization.


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About the Authors:


Ms. Anu Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Textile Design in the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.


Ms. Dolly Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Leather Design in the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.


This article was originally published in the Textile Review, July, 2012, published by Saket Projects Limited, Ahmedabad.