Crafts of Uttarakhand
Research and Documentation

This project was commissioned by the Uttarakhand Handloom and Handicrafts Development Council to Chitku Design Studio,Dehradun, which put together a team of designers to map and document the current state of handicrafts in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand, a state in the North of India consists of many communities and has a diverse material culture. Our documentation consisted of mapping and understanding crafts of these communities that are varied in material and techniques, ranging from textiles to wood, metal and wax. My illustrations were designed as spreads of the final book which would appear at the end of each craft chapter, serving the purpose of explaining the complete process of a craft, from its origin to the final product, visually with minimum text.

Crafts of Uttarakhand,
Publisher: M/s Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, First edition (2018)

Process of making a Bamboo Basket (Layout Version)

Process of Sand Casting Brass Bells (Layout Version)

Process of making Wooden masks (Mukhota)

Process of Commercial weaving of acrylic shawls (Loyi)

Process of Making a hand beaten copper drum (Dhol)

Process- Cordage making with Grewia optiva (Bhimal) fibre

Research Team: Priyanka Tolia, Nitya Amarnath, Sucharita Beniwal, Sonam Gyaltsen, Akash Sheshadri, Kunga Tashi Lepcha, Copy: Bhavneet Kaur/ Nitya Amarnath, Book Design: Pratyush Kashyap,
Photo credits: Saloni Agarwal

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