Bamboo canopy: Creating new reference-points for the craft of the Kotwalia community in India through sustainability | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2040-4689
  • E-ISSN: 2040-4697


This article presents a framework to provide the Kotwalia, a traditional bamboo working community in India, with new directions on which to base craft evolution. The article proposes that collaborative innovation between designer and craftsperson is a means of expanding the craft vocabulary and tapping contemporary markets. It is also argued that a link between the apparently conflicting tenets of sustainability can be achieved through responsible and strategic design innovation which integrates the social, economic, ecological and cultural aspects.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): bamboo; craft; design; industrialization; Kotwalia; sustainability
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