The local artisans of North-East India possess unique art form and create high quality handicraft products. But due to inadequate infrastructure and over dependence on middlemen, the artisans are left highly underpaid. In addition, the lack of awareness of the craft amongst the buyers also affects the return on these high quality products.
Shilp Sangrah is designed to increase sustainability of local artisans in North-East India by providing a digital platform to trade and showcase their craft and finished products. This GIS based system comprised of two components: an e-commerce portal showing products and the GIS based interface showing the process behind development of the products. The two sections were integrated to give the end users (buyers) the rationale and efforts (art form) behind making these product.
Recommendation and data of this Bachelor thesis project was shared with the Government of India (planning commission) initiative to use technology in uplifting the local artisans in the NE India region.
The project aimed to provide a human centric design solution to allow sustainability of the artisans in North-East India. During the initial research and literature review it was found that the artisans have to face several challenges to sustain their traditional art and ancestral art form.
Field Study: To learn more about Artisan's problems, we conducted several field study and contextual inquiries. We went to nearby villages of Saulkuchi to learn about Silk handicraft and Hajo to learn about bell-metal handicrafts.