About The Prize  

 The JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship powered by AD is a unique prize that seeks out individuals, organizations, schools or even entire villages that are contributing to a new conversation on craftsmanship in India. Paying equal attention to the work of the karigar (craftsman), the material they work with, the Prize also looks at where design intersects their work. This can either be their own designs or collaborations with contemporary designers. The Prize seeks to celebrate modern objects made using the finest traditional craft, with the aim of preserving the craft for future generations. The Prize for the winning entry is Eleven hundred thousand rupees. Over the next 12 months, following the award, the winner will create a “masterpiece of craft” – an exceptional object of both contemporary design and craftsmanship that will be showcased in the Karigar Pavilion at the AD Design Show in 2020.  

How to apply

The JSW Prize for Contemporary Craft is an annual award open to all Indian Individual Master crafts persons, private social enterprises, craft collectives or Institutions’ contributing to the craft and culture of our time and creating outstanding artistic designs using traditional craft skills. Applications are open to all Indian craftsmanship and design concepts across materials, craft skill and product

Power To Karigar

 

At the AD Design Show, there is a Karigar Pavilion supported by JSW – a special interactive section, dedicated to handmade crafts and innovation, where visitors can watch how artisans give form to objects, they can engage in a dialogue with them and even learn their techniques through observation. The country’s best craft brands and talented karigars (craftsmen) producing the finest textiles, furniture, ceramics and artworks are invited to showcase their distinguished works..

Karigar Pavilion 2018

 

The ‘Power to the Karigar’ initiative at the AD Design Show 2018 was supported by the JSW Group, and marked the foundation for the JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship which was announced by the chairperson, Mrs. Sangita Jindal at this time. A US$14 billion Indian conglomerate, JSW is part of O.P. Jindal Group and has played a key role in India’s growth story. Ranked among India’s top business houses, JSW’s innovative and sustainable forays into the core sectors of Steel, Energy, Cement and Infrastructure are helping build a new nation. The Group continues to strive for excellence with its strengths, differentiated product mix, state-of-the-art technology, excellence in execution and focus on sustainability. With a diverse workforce of over 40,000 people, JSW continues to strive for excellence with its strengths, which comprises its differentiated product mix, state-of-the-art technology, excellence in execution and focus on sustainability.

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WINNER 2018 - Kalhath Institute, Lucknow