The Dastkari Haat Samiti has been creating artistic and
informative craft maps of different parts of the country, which gives the
information about handicrafts, and handlooms of India. These maps are an
excellent source of information for craft lovers, exporters, tourists (both
Indian and foreign), students of schools and colleges, travel agencies, hotels,
designers and entrepreneurs. The maps are extremely handy and useful for those
who wish to explore India’s rich heritage of handicrafts and handlooms. The maps
are exclusive sources of information on the production, marketing and retail
outlets of handicrafts and handlooms across the country.
President of the Dastkari Haat Samiti, Mrs.
Jaya Jaitly was inspired by the glimpse of Mary Chandler’s maps, which informed
tourists about various shopping complexes, buses and train routes of Bangkok.
Mrs. Jaitly had started working on this project with the objective of promoting
rural craftsmen. The Samiti has been creating illustrations of different parts
of the country and intended to boost the rural craftsman’s skills by doing the
The first map was released in 1994. It was India’s map with Delhi
on the reverse side. Satyanarain and Moti Karan in Madhubani painting (Mithila)
style painted the first masterpiece. The outstanding success of the maiden
venture gave rise to the demand for state-wise maps as the wealth of information
regarding craft and textile availability across the country was too vast to put
on one map. Subsequently the Samiti produced the maps of Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. In total seven
maps have been prepared so far. Mrs. Jaya Jaitly hopes that every state can be
covered in this way within next 2 to 3 years, for a complete compendium of
informative maps. Information is gathered through researchers who interact with
artists and various related agencies in each state. The work is done by a
traditional artist of the state. The maps become a reality only after a team
comprising an artist, graphic designers and a computer specialist pool brains to
come out with something spectacular. The colours used on the map are natural for
example, haldi, kumkum etc. Beside these extracts of flowers, leaves and dung
are also being used. It took around 2 to 3 months to complete a single map. The
source of outline map of different states is the Survey of India, Dehradun.
Another peculiar feature of these maps is special thrust placed on the
city. The Madhya Pradesh map, for instance, highlights Khajuraho, the city of
temples. This treatment goes a long way to promote tourism for the state. The
Orissa map was painted by using the patachitra style and colour extracted from
local stones and minerals. The map of Jammu & Kashmir State, painted in
colours, mostly reflects the state’s natural resources. The Gujarat map has been
painted in the Rathwa Tribal style. While one side is typical of the Pithora
mode of expression, the textile side produces the rich embroideries of Kutch and
Saurashtra through the painters palatte. The Tamil Nadu map demonstrates the
rich gilded Thanjavur style of painting and the typical haldi – kum kum colours
of its textiles. This style is a combination of art and craft. Most shopping
outlets mentioned on the maps are state and central government emporiums.
Director General, Tourism and Ministry of External Affairs have already
distributed the first map i.e. India’s map worldwide. It is being sent to all
embassies and tourist offices all around the world.
These maps are an
easy illustration of India and her states and can be read as a newspaper. As you
unfold the map pleat by pleat, you go deeper and deeper into the land’s culture
and people in general and its crafts and textiles in particular. Map after map,
it is a virtual trip around the country. The Samiti’s maps are not only
aesthetic delights but are high on utility. Unlike books on crafts, which end up
as coffee-table items or artifacts that become wall-hangings, maps attract a
wider audience and exposure. These new maps assure that map reading would be
full of fun and thrill. The map got appreciation for its simplicity and
illustrations across the country. The maps are available with the Dastkari Haat
Samiti which is also in the possession of the original copy.
information, please contact Dastkari Haat Samiti,
3 Krishna Menon Marg, New
Delhi - 110 001.
Ph: +91-11-3017172, 3016035 and Fax: +91-11-3793397