Srinagar: A two week design development workshop for upgrading the skills of papier mâché artisans concluded at Craft Development Institute (CDI) on Thursday.
The workshop titled ‘USTTAD’, about development in the traditional arts and crafts, was held in collaboration with National Institute of design, Ahmadabad and Ministry of Minority Affairs Government of India.
Around 25 artisans participated in the workshop to upgrade their skills on new designs and colour combinations.
Kousar Ahmad Shah, head of papier mâché artisans said that they had attended many workshops before but this workshop was helpful for them, as they received the training for the transformation of the traditional papier mâché products with new designs.
“The workshop we attended from past two weeks here in CDI was very helpful. We got an idea how to make new and innovative designs which will help us in generating more income and the products we made during this workshop are interesting,” said Ahmad.
Waseem Ahmad Dar, a student of Craft Management and Entreprenuership, (MCME) at CDI said that this workshop gave an in-depth to the transformation of the papier mâché products because “earlier the products were only for decoration but now they can be used and will be functional.”