Decoding Narratives of Copper Craft Products through a Narrative Interview Approach

Document Type : Original Article


Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.


The narrative is a term found in philosophy, psychology, and humanity studies. Various product design studies have recently looked at narratives to enrich the design process by creating an engaging experience. The narrative is said to be a natural way of experiencing the stories and establishing the emotional connection in the evolution of humankind. Craft is such an area where we have been hearing the stories from ancestors that are connected to the products and the techniques of making. It is passing from generation to generation, with the narratives embedded. The copper craft of India embeds more such stories inherently, which have been expressed through the shapes and texture from the metal age until today. The narratives are said to be open-ended for interpretation. Thus, it uses the existing categories of narrative in product design to decode it in copper craft products designed by artisans. The research uses a narrative interview approach adapted under the Copper Craft Research for Design (Cu RfD) methodology. The research aims to investigate the hidden associative narratives and their method. It could therefore be applied explicitly to develop contemporary forms in copper craft under Copper Craft Research through Design (Cu RtD) methodology.


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