The Crafts Council of Karnataka participated in Kamala 2008 –a Joint Crafts Councils Exhibition at Kolkatta. CCK showcased new product initiatives: Bhuta Metal Masks, Natural Dyed Ilkal Sarees, String Puppets, Ganjifa Paintings and Traditional Board Games of Karnataka.
The exhibition was sponsored by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The Crafts Council of Karnataka was invited to participate in an international seminar “Culture of Indigo-Exploring the Asian Panorama plant, product and power”, organized by India International Centre-Asia Project, in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Indian Council of Historical Research, from November 29th –December 1st 2007.
Bharati Govindraj presented a paper on Neelambari “The Mysticism of the Goddess Blue”, exploring the mysticism, historic significance and folklore of blue dye in Ilkal sarees of Karnataka. Vatsala Iyengar presented a paper on Indigo Dyeing in Karnataka -History and Tradition.
The Crafts Council of Karnataka’s annual flag ship event,Vastrabharana - Exhibition and Sale of hand- crafted textiles and jewellery was held between 29 September and 04 October 2007, in which 39 textile exhibitors participated.Smt.Narmadha Thakur, wife of His Excellency, Governor of Karnataka, inaugurated the Exhibition.
The Crafts Council of Karnataka organised a Press Meet on the Eco – Ganesha Movement on 23 August 2007 at the Press Club Bangalore. The toxic effects of chemical paints used on Ganesha idols made during the Ganesha Festival and its impact on the environement was emphasized. Unpainted clay Ganeshas were displayed at the meet.
The Crafts Council of Karnataka conducted a Design Development Workshop in Kinhal Craft at Kinhal village, Koppal District between 7 July - 6 September 2007.NID trained designer Meera Naidu and Mastercraftsperson Shri Ekappa R.Chitragar, conducted the training in which 12 persons participated, including six craftspersons from Kinhal and six from the Glasgow School of Arts, Scotland.
The Crafts Council of Karnataka organised a Skill Upgradation Training programme in Kauna Grass Weaving between 13 April and July 27, 2007 in Shabalu Village, K.R. Nagar Taluk, Mysore District. The program was held as part of the Stree Shakti Program started by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Karnataka. This once thriving Karnataka craft had languished over the years, with the proliferation of plastic matsand other types of floor coverings.Production of objects from natural fibres, is an extremely viable economic model, as such production is rural based, using locally available resources, with low start up capital costs, a tool for rural development. It met the overall goal of making women economically self sufficient and empowered.
Designers Chanchali Devi and Vijaya Mala from Manipur conducted the Training, in which 50 women craftspersons participated. The skill upgradation included tight weaving, and making one inch decorative edging, and tasselling, using jute thread instead of plastic thread. Attractive edgings for mats was taught and product innovations included the making of thick floor cushions and baskets in different shapes.The Training Program was funded by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Karnataka.