Traditional materials and techniques, which were the out come of the knowledge and experience of several generations, have preserved our cultural heritage (tangible as well as non-tangible) reasonably well for many centuries. Different materials and techniques were employed in different regions depending upon climate of the respective regions. These methods are now losing out to the modern methods, probably because of the gradual loss of knowledge about their use, being labor-oriented and their non-availability in ready-made form. Also, since these materials and methods have not been exploited economically, the number of persons practicing these is gradually dwindling.
The aim of this exhibition is to create inventory of traditional materials, techniques and methods being employed in creating and conserving different forms of cultural heritage, so as to arouse the awareness and willingness to rediscover the importance of these with respect to or in combination with modern methods.
Following activities would be undertaken during the exhibition
Exhibition of the actual raw materials being used in different parts of the country in creating and preserving different form of cultural heritage.
Arranging the demonstration of traditional methods in creating different forms of heritage objects.
Disseminating information on methods of conservation of cultural heritage and traditional materials used, through the display of their photographs before during and after conservations. Efforts would also be made to show actual materials.
Some readymade materials have been prepared by impregnating these with the active ingredients extracted from traditional substances. The raw materials used and the ready-made materials would be put on display and also the methods of extraction of the active ingredient through photographs in order to generate interest
Earth colors, traditional adhesives (from plants and animals) and traditional cleaning materials for the textiles and paintings (with special reference to thankas) would also be put on display to educate the students of conservation and other persons involved, about the use of these traditional materials in paintings.
Resource persons practicing the traditional methods and materials in creating or conserving the objects of cultural heritage would be invited to demonstrate their techniques. About 30 resource persons are expected to participate from different regions. These would include artists making miniature paintings, thankas, wooden objects etc., carpenters, masons and craftsmen involved in conservation of different forms of cultural heritage.