Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: After the successful deployment of a computer-aided design (CAD) software for chikankari artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Media Lab Asia, a not-for-profit research organisation under the Central Department of Information Technology, is now gearing up to launch a CAD software for the carpet industry.

“We have developed a unique CAD software -‘Rugdesign’- for the carpet industry in collaboration with the IIT Kanpur and the Indian Institute of Carpet Technology-Bhadohi (UP). To be available at just one-third the price of the existing foreign software, our CAD software is designed keeping in mind the needs of the Indian carpet industry,” Media Lab Asia Managing Director S. N. Goswami told The Hindu.

Informing that the carpet CAD software would be launched soon in the carpet belt of eastern UP, particularly Bhadohi and Varanasi, Mr. Goswami said ‘Rugdesign’ has an in-built library of carpet motifs that enables fast turnaround time for new carpet designs. It supports various drawing motifs used frequently by artisans and also basic designs that make the development of complex designs faster and easier.

“The philosophy behind the project is to revive the rich Indian craft tradition. Many of the traditional crafts are vanishing due to their complex design, material, manufacturing process and other factors. Modern technology can simplify and restore the heritage of traditional craft design without losing its essence,” said Mr.Goswami.

Creating Design Bank

Pointing to the long-term benefits of the user-friendly software, Mr. Goswami said “Its use will also help in creating a design bank for future use. Every artisan has 5-6 design patterns which he has been using for ages. Their coming together and sharing designs would only make this craft richer.”

Mr. Goswami said talks are on with state agencies and non-governmental organisations to help artisans in buying and operating the software and computer. .

“We have already completed some field trails in eastern UP that produced excellent results. This CAD software will give a much-needed and timely boost to the Indian carpet industry,” he added.