Crafting a Sustainable Life: Youth Artisans, Market Mysteries, and Eco-Tourists in Western India
What connects an earthquake in western India to a desert festival with air-conditioned “Swiss” tents and paramotoring? Who is involved and how did the long-standing artisan traditions of this region become integral to the new tourist economy? This talk looks at the aftermath of a land’s rupture and explores the efforts of young artisans to participate in the global tourism, design, and craft economies. The artisans’ stories offer a critique and an opening to contemplate what constitutes the sustainable life.