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Mapping diversity



Sneh Gangal exhibits her creation - the Crafts Map of Rajasthan

A CRAFT map is something one does not normally see anywhere. So when it was displayed at the Dastkaari exhibition it was hot property. People did not hesitate to purchase in large numbers. And it was not the coffee table variety. Priced at Rs. 125, they are a steal.

The brainchild of Jaya Jaitly, the craft maps, are a new concept. "We started with one map and it took about 10 years to complete the maps of all the states (the states of the north-east is clubbed into one)," says Jaya.

Brought out by the Dastkaari haat Samiti, each map provides a peek into the handloom and handicraft heritage of each state on either side. It has quite a bit of info for all.

A good resource base, it can be used by tourists, students and even boutique owners, designers and exporters (who want to source different things).

Even museums and melas as well as a few state emporia and shops figure in it. The UNDP used the map of Orissa to rehabilitate craftsmen affected by the floods.

These maps are drawn by traditional artists in tandem with a group of five-six people who include the people involved in research and the graphic layout. The diversity is reflected in the maps as well. Each map is different. They can be framed as well.

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