Braids of Joy
(Craft of Camel Strap making utilizing Ply Split Braiding)
Image source: Workshop outcome at Kanoria Centre for Arts_17-19 September 2021. PC_Shubhra Singh

The craft of Camel Strap making utilizing the technique of Ply Split Braiding comes from the western desert region of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is an age-old craft and uses a lesser known, non-loom technique. The course offers an opportunity to understand the craft through a practice based approach. The participants would be encouraged to probe into the larger contexts, deeper connotations, realities and lives associated with the craft. The course is structured in a manner that a gradual understanding would get developed from the point of view of creation, starting from the felt need for creating, materials, processes, finishes, end uses, contemporary expressions etc. A visit to the market could also be incorporated if the situation permits. The technique would be slowly demonstrated, session after session. Then through practice, discussions and further inquiry, new creations are expected to be visualised and brought to life by the participants under the guidance of the instructors.

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