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Craft Stories: an augmented reality animated interactive documentary on craft artists from South Asia

Roy Chakraborty, Krishnokoli (2022) Craft Stories: an augmented reality animated interactive documentary on craft artists from South Asia. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Roy Chakraborty, Krishnokoli

The project envisions, designs, and develops four augmented reality animated documentaries embedded on the packaging of four different craft articles from Sindh. On being scanned by a mobile device, a framed space on the surface of the packaging displays animated contents narrating the historical and cultural details of the craft articles and the mastery of the artisans and their social situations, to the consumers. This will help the consumer appreciate their purchases better and, eventually, grow into patrons. The project prototype hopes to develop a positive impact on the handicrafts market and enhance the influence and appreciation of artisans.

The products to be packaged in this specific case are traditional Blue Potteries, Tie Dyed & Ajrakh Printed Textiles and Lac Jewelleries. The visual aesthetic of the animated documentary, and most specifically, its core narrative style, is derived from a regional folk-form of audio-visual storytelling called Phad. While Phad traditionally tells the story of local deities and heroes, it is used as a visual and aesthetic medium to tell the stories of four craft-artisans practicing four different craft-forms (viz. Blue Pottery, Ajrakh Printing, Lac Bangle Making and Tie Dyeing) from Sindh.

This animated content documents the craft, the work, and the life of each craftsperson in the form of an innovative design intervention aimed towards influencing the consumer awareness about the historical and cultural significance associated with these craft-practices and their practitioners. It also critiques the culture of appropriation and lack of appreciations as perpetrated by the big brands and corporations towards the handicraft industry of South Asia overall. The discursive nature of the project may help improve the social status of the artisans, revive the craft-ecosystems and make it relevant again for the contemporary market and thereby ensure a long term future for the crafts and their sustainable ways.

This specific design prototype can be extrapolated to create different packaging
paradigms for different handicrafts, across the South Asian subcontinent.

Official URL: https://krishnokoli.format.com/craft-stories
Date: May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discursive Design, Packaging Design, Design Intervention, Consumer awareness, Patron Consumer, AR embedded, QR code, Multi Media, Storytelling, History, Culture, Tradition Craft, handicraft, Craft culture, Craft eco-system, Artisan, Folk form, Phad, Pabuji Ki Phad, Blue Pottery, Ajrakh Printed Textile, Lac Jewellery, Bandhani, Animated Documentary, South Asia, Indian Crafts, Pakistani Crafts, Colonialism, Caste & Sub Caste
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 15:00
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 15:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3683

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