Indian Institute of Craft and Design (IICD) is a unique institution that is synergizing traditional knowledge and skills with contemporary needs to evolve methodologies that are relevant to modern India. Conceived as a nodal centre for excellence in Craft and Design it has programs in Education, Training & Outreach, Research and Documentation and Advisory & Consultancy services.
Education in IICD is a hands-on experience that seeks to equip students with a thorough understanding of materials, technologies, skills and concepts along with exposure to the diversity of Indian culture. Students are initiated into the entire ecosystem of Craft and are encouraged to understand complexities at the level of the village as well as the industrial production centres. Craft design, technology, management and entrepreneurship skills become the bedrock on which they build their careers.
Training and Outreach Programs are conducted at the grass root level with artisans, self-help groups and non-governmental organizations. These are multi-disciplinary in approach and are designed to add value to agencies working in craft development and promotion as well as to provide a platform for students to directly interact with craft communities. IICD has been involved in reviving the craft of Phulkari, has worked with weavers at Bassi, the potters of Dausa and several such interventions geared towards the development of crafts.
IICD is also involved in research and documentation of the vast and complex world of craft. These activities aid the evolution of intellectual capital at the institute, the formation of knowledge banks, exploration of relevant issues and innovation.