Every year the JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship is awarded to an individual, organisation, school or even entire village who are contributing to a new conversation on craftsmanship in India. We love following the candidates and its winners, discovering those who are not only at the top of Indian craftsmanship but contributing to its development on a broader spectrum.

JSW focuses on not only the work itself but also the design and skill that goes into such creations; celebrating and showcasing the finest talent that India has to offer. Searching for those who create truly modern objects using the most exceptional traditional craft and techniques, it is always an eye-opening process.

The financial award aids the winner in preserving their craft for future generations, helping in the living establishment of tradition. The winner will also create a special object to be displayed at the Karigar Pavilion at the AD Design Show in 2020.

Last year, Heirloom Naga was awarded this prestigious prize. With humble beginnings as a small, backyard project supporting a Naga weaver, Heirloom Naga rapidly grew to empower and employ over 450 Naga women who are masters of their craft. Jesmina Zeliang, founder of Heirloom Naga, has taken the textiles woven by the Heirloom Naga community of weavers to some of the most fashionable boutiques around the world, and their work has been a part of international couture collections as well.

We will keep you updated on this year’s candidates!


The JSW Prize for Contemporary Craftsmanship

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