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Learn of the biochemistry of making soaps, and how knitters use binary principles to create beauties. Science meets craft at the Handmade Collective that begins today

All you handicraft lovers, there’s more reason to celebrate.

A Hundred Hands is back with its Handmade Collective, and this time the focus will be on “science in art”. The event will bring alive the science behind many traditional arts and crafts — be it the mathematical precision of Kasuti embroidery, basic mathematical principles like Pascal’s Triangle,

The Fibonacci Spiral or Geometric Sequences in Textile Weaving, or the chemistry of crafting glass or the biochemical processes involved in making soaps.

Over 80 artists from across India will display a range of products, including textiles and garments, jewellery, household goods, toys, plants, gifts and foodstuff.

The event is being organized by A Hundred Hands, a not for profit organization that aims to promote the joys of handmade and help artisans earn a more sustainable income from their craft.

Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the strong interweave between science and craftsmanship, while interacting directly with the craftsman.

“Over the six years that we have been holding The Handmade Collective, we have seen growing interest not just in the finished products but in the craft itself,” said Mala Dhawan, co-founder of A Hundred Hands that organizes the collective, explaining the theme for this year. “We want to channelise this interest into creating wider appreciation of, and curiosity around the craft itself.”

Some of the demos at the fair include a glass crafter who uses the basics of chemistry, weavers who use mathematical principles of sequences, symmetry and congruency to create patterns, embroiderers who work with intricate geometrical designs, painters who use basic science to develop the most stunning natural colours and dyes, craftspersons who use basic biochemistry to make balms and soaps and cleaning products, knitters who use binary principles to weave shapes.

The Dirty Your Hands Section is being held in collaboration withInnovation and Science Promotion Foundation.

The special session for kids will help understand basic science using craft, making simple toys from trash. The handmade collective will be held from December 2 to 6, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Theological College, Millers Road, Benson Town.

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