ShilpSala is a craft based conservation practice founded in 2009 with the support and encouragement of its distinguished board of advisors and an enthusiastic resource in a diverse group of people associated with the activities of this practice since 2002.
Dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and advancement of traditional building craft skills and the values associated with them, ShilpSala comprises of craftspeople, professionals and students engaged in the understanding and conservation of cultural heritage.
The various aspects of heritage - tangible, intangible and ‘living’, hold a wide range of meanings to an equally rich diversity of cultures that inhabit this vast sub-continent. The intangible manifests itself into the tangible through a collective creative process of making or building, which is ingrained in historic building fabric. The understanding of this complex relationship between historic buildings and the historic ways of building underpins the foundational core of ShilpSala.
ShilpSala wishes to build its strength in three specific directions of activities:
Practice, undertake and contribute to field projects for the conservation of cultural heritage.
Research, encourage and engage with academic initiatives that aim to augment the already existing knowledge base.
Learning, organize and support structured modules in relevant learning environments.
This is be conceived, designed and implemented with a multi-pronged approach addressing the specific issues related to traditional building knowledge systems, building craft skills and indigenous conservation practices in India.