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Tips for Co-creating with Artisans

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

A few things to remember when working on blockprints with craftspeople. Here’s what you will discover in our workshops

Tharangini’s workshops are a little universe by themselves. Built on the idea that artisan skills can influence the future of design, these sessions look at both textile enthusiasts as well as textile students, the future torch-bearers of design.

We, at Tharangini, have conducted artisan-led workshops for designers from UTS Sydney, University of Manchester, Fabric Workshop Museum Philadelphia, NIFT, National Institute of Design, Mod Art and LIsaa School of Design Paris.

Here are some of the cool things we cover in our workshops:

1. Cultural Context

These co-creation sessions are designed to be an immersive cultural experience, and to understand the nuances of traditional, sustainable methods. Discover innovative and practical approach to Sustainable Fashion, while mapping every step from concept to final product.

2. Share your Inspiration

While learning with the artisans be ready to share your story, they love to hear about your design inspiration. In past workshops, we have heard about wonderful inspirations ranging from cityscapes, flowers from a favourite tree, family memorabilia and more. Even a simple hand-sketch can be converted into a handblock.

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3. Design Mapping

One of the strengths of blockprinting is the ability to mix and match print combinations. Planning the placement of surface patterns in advance is an essential step. For instance, when printing a stole, the border is printed first so you can easily estimate the amount of fabric left for the remainder of the prints

4. Pattern Moodboard

With more than 4000+ wood block prints, we have one of the largest private blockprint archives in the country. Having a moodboard helps you navigate this and narrow the choices efficiently

Reach out to us to be part of our next series of workshops.

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