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I have trying to put ethnography, craft traditions and design in mutually complementary perspective and the emerging scenario holds promise for a new approach to look at design and craft sector from a holistic approach. By looking at ethnography and craft, many design processes can be more clearly articulated. well defined practice methodologies can be put in place with enough freedom to manoeuvre but not go astray. Ethnography emerges out of two words "ethnos' and "graph" meaning 'folk, people, nation" and "i write" respectively. As per the references available, the credit goes to Franz Boas to get ethnography discipline at the professional level and introduce a more inductive analysis and academic rigour to it, where as Bronislaw Malinowski who defined the discipline further more by introducing field work and emphasising on the same. Apart from these two mentioned names there are many more people who have worked in this area to make it into an …
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Dashrath Patel

I was a young student of design studying at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi’s Accessory Design Department during 1997-2000. Although I had my school education in one of the good residential school in Pilani but NIFT was still a new concept. Coming from a small town Katihar in Bihar, I was still very lost in NIFT, in Delhi and in India outside the confines of my hostel and home.  It was a world of abstraction, world which was beyond literal. In my place, the struggle to live everyday was a huge challenge thus there was no luxury of abstraction of thoughts. The day used to go in coordinating tasks at the level of surface that there was no time and inclination left to go beyond that. I was still fighting within myself to understand the entire thought process of design.
In this endeavor of mine, I had understood this much that seeing is one way of understanding.  Understanding the reality well will also lead to abstraction was another thought. Thus, every weeke…

images and visuals

Images and videos are very powerful medium to understand people. They not only record but also manage to narrate visually, which allows one to pay attention to them later on. For a design project, it is imperative that the entire research work is documented visually as visuals tend to hold similar meanings for viewers and manages to elicit a response out of each one of us. These visuals could be put together as individual entity or in narratives format depending upon the design researcher. In most of the cases long videos may not be possible but small videos augmenting the visuals can be easily interspersed, and cheap as well due to access to mobiles.

MAAN program IGNOU

IGNOU, Master of Anthropology, first year classes were arranged at Anthropological Survey of India, Mysore from 2nd of March to 6th of March 2015 by IGNOU official. Initially I thought that no one from the participants will come and treaded my way to Mysore thinking that in a day or maximum two, I will be back. But this was far from truth, I think all of us came back after attending almost all the theory and practical sessions, which were planned.
Although, there was considerable delay in conducting the classes for first year, but it did not matter after the entire experience, which was extremely wonderful. Each and every practical sessions and theory classes were well planned. Every moment was scheduled and each and every faculty had prepared the classes. They made sure that we were taken through the syllabus and also took time to clear our doubts.We were also given reference of the extra material, which we should be reading to get more in-depth learning.And this entire exercise wa…