TTD Joint Executive Officer K.S. Sreenivasa Raju at the workshop on ‘Wood-based handicrafts of Andhra Pradesh’ , in Tirupati on Tuesday.-Photo: By Arrangement
Experts give tips on preservation of wood-based handicrafts.
The abundant availability of precious wood and the heavy demand for wooden artefacts coexist, but seldom complement each other’s requirement. Value addition holds the key to filling this gap.
The three-day workshop on ‘Redsander and wood-based handicrafts of Andhra Pradesh’ organised here from Tuesday by A.P. Handicrafts Development Corporation, in association with the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), is keen on factoring in all the aspects that make the vibrant wood industry thrive.
Wood from teak, neem, ‘Simachinta’, mango, redsander, deal wood, ‘Anukudu’, ‘Tella ponkini’, ‘Palakurcha’, jackfruit tree, white cedar and sandalwood trees forms the base for 60 p.c. of the handicrafts produced in the State, but certain issues weigh down the quality of the finished products, thus bothering the artisan community as a whole. The wood is eaten away by insects during storage and hence the artisans need to be trained in proper preservation and seasoning techniques. While certain forms of wood have become extinct or takes long for regeneration, the corporation is required to identify alternate wood with similar properties.
TTD’s Joint Executive Officer (Tirumala) K.S. Sreenivasa Raju said the products on display reflected the heritage and rich traditions of the region. Conservator of Forest M. Ravi Kumar spoke on the practical difficulties faced by artisans in procuring wood and wanted them to grow trees simultaneously, while cutting them for the wood. R. Muthu Krishnan from the Institute of Wood Science Technology, Bengaluru, spoke on the remedies to preserve wood and thwart pest attack, while S.R. Shukla (Bengaluru) spoke on the alternate timbers available in the region.
N. Satish, a designer with National Institute of Design (NID) explained the difficulties in handling redsander wood. Experts from Forest Research Institute (Dehradun) will address the artisans on Wednesday on chemical seasoning needed to avoid cracks in the artefacts.
AP Handicrafts General Manager I.V. Lakshminath conducted the proceedings.