Itiha – stories and traditions of vernacular furniture

Vernacular furniture is used in the everyday life of people of a particular region or community and is made by craftspeople using locally available materials. ‘Itiha: stories and traditions of vernacular furniture’ is an exhibition that focuses on the six year long journey about the research on the vernacular furniture of north-west india and highlights aspects of design, function, making, as well as associated stories and narratives that signify its relevance in a given context. The exhibition is an outcome of the ‘Vernacular Furniture of North-West India’ project, which is the first ever research on vernacular furniture.

‘Vernacular Furniture of North-West India’ is an international collaborative research project between Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CRDF, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, and South Asian Decorative Arts and Craft Collection Trust (SADACC), Norwich, UK. It is generously funded by The SADACC Trust. North-West India covers the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. The research was executed in various stages, Phase I: Gujarat, Phase II: Rajasthan and Phase III: Punjab & Haryana.