6 month Integrated Design & Technical Development Project-

Programme constituents:

  • Skill mapping of the artisans in the identified cluster
  • Study of their present product range along with raw materials and tools used
  • Market survey to assess the needs of buyers
  • Development of prototypes based on findings of the market survey and artisan skill.
  • Test marketing of the prototypes developed
  • Standardization of prototypes based on test marketing results.

Projects conducted:

  • Terracotta and Ceramics -- 2004-05
  • Cane & Bamboo -- 2008
  • Natural Fibre -- 2008-09

Outreach programme on craft awareness-

The Trust has conducted twenty (20) outreach programmes on craft awareness for school students in and around Santiniketan. Six hundred students mostly from artisan and tribal families participated in the programme. Selected craft work and terracotta models of these students are displayed at the Trust's Handicraft Museum in Geetanjali Cultural Complex, Santiniketan. The programme which aimed to give an insight into the Handicrafts heritage and development was conducted by artists and craftsmen. Also, a kit with pencils, sketch pens and other small implements to carry out craft practice was distributed among the students during the programme.

Setting up State Initiated Design Centre and Handicraft Museum at Geetanjali Cultural Complex, Santiniketan-

To further this goal of development and promotion of art & crafts, SAMT has set up with the permission of Sriniketan Santineketan Development Authority (SSDA) and grant-in-aid from the Development Commissioner (Handicraft), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, New Delhi, a Handicraft Museum (Bichitra) and a State Initiated Design Centre (SIDC) within the Geetanjali Cultural Complex, Santiniketan.

Existing since 2005, Bichitra has a built up area of about 1500 sq.ft. and houses display galleries, a documentation centre and a museum gift shop. Here information on crafts and craftspeople is provided through display of artifacts of Bengal, audio-visual presentation, posters etc. The primary objective of the Institution is to provide training in craft production, design and quality control. It also disseminates information related to availability of raw materials and acts as an interface between potential buyers and the artisans. Many eminent personalities have visited Bichitra and applauded the activities of the Museum & SIDC. They include the former Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former Hon'ble Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sri Somnath Chatterjee, the former Hon'ble Minister of Textiles Sri S.S. Vaghela and numerous national and international dignitaries.

To further enhance its activities related to craft awareness, training & marketing, SAMT is constructing another 15000 Sq Ft building within the same complex to augment Bichitra.