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 Morarka Centre for Crafts 

After a puppetry workshopPreserving Indian arts and crafts is the only goal of Morarka Centre for Crafts (MORCRAFTS), a centre run by a group of young women. Established five years ago, the Centre plays an active role in the dissemination and education of various art and craft activities. MORCRAFTS regularly organises seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, conferences, film screenings and craft related performances.

Children encouraged to involve in arts and craftsThe Centre helps promote dialogue amongst crafts persons, designers, architects, art historians, critics, artists and theatre and cinema activists with programmes such as:

* Rachna Design in Texture and Space to show handcrafted textiles via a performance by noted dancer Daksha Sheth.

* From Empire to Emporium - Khadi and the Robes of Independence, which entailed an exhibition curated by Emma Tarlo and the installation of the exhibition by Sumant Jayakrishnan. 'The Wheels turn Full Circle' was an illustrative lecture by Devika Bhojwani and Jaya Bachchan. This programme was organised in association with KVIC to provide direct employment toDuring a Warli art workshop many khadi weavers across the country.

The Morarka Centre also helps create a network of communication between craftspersons and actual users by tackling issues regarding rural and gender employment by organising programmes such as: The Running Stitch, where women of Bhusura, a village in Bihar, interacted with artists and designers to create new ideas.

The results of an artistic workshop To help preserve a learned skill by supporting a craftsperson and sustain his interest in the chosen craft form with programmes such as: puppetry workshop from Rajasthan, crafts from Kalamkari, tie and dye and block printing workshop. They also invite collaboration from other centres to establish a broad base of shared activities. Promotion of books, films and documentary projects concerned with crafts are also part of their activities.

Workshop on weavingThe Centre encourages research and documentation gathering amongst students for traditional and contemporary craft forms as part of their curriculum. They also assist in the creation of a library of books, slides, audio cassettes, films, video and craft-related documents.