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Design and Development of Khadi-Kart: A Web-based application for rejuvenating the Handloom Industry in India

Mishra, V and Kumar, T and Shivakumar, S and Ravishankar, VD and Bhalla, K and Dhiman, B (2019) Design and Development of Khadi-Kart: A Web-based application for rejuvenating the Handloom Industry in India. In: 2019 -9th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 17-20 Oct. 2019, Seattle, WA, USA.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GHTC46095.2019.9033041


In India, small scale village handloom industries (e.g. Khadi, Silk and cotton, etc.) are decentralised yet possess a highly skilled labour force. This paper aims to provide a web-based solution to connect consumers, producers and designers by providing a common platform for sustainable textile production, design, marketing and consumption. 'Digital distance' is defined as the ease of access or connectivity between two node-actor systems on the internet-based virtual world. There is a vast digital distance between the consumers, designers and producers of village handloom industries which creates problems like lack of demand, low supply, extinction of traditional design art-forms, and risk of unemployment. Khadi-Kart, a web-based platform is designed to bridge this gap using a TRIZ-based design algorithm. Since the penetration of the internet in Indian society has seen a sharp rise, a web-based application is designed to cater to the needs of the consumer. The proposed system uses real-time connectivity and data processing, which help the producers connect with the consumers through a common platform. This method, in turn, helps the producers stay aware of upcoming trends and helps designers produce novel designs to support sustainable and intelligent manufacturing; thus, minimising their corresponding digital distances. Subsequently, the village economy is digitally connected to the global economy via e-commerce leading to job creation. This further decreases the environmental costs and provides ample social benefits to all the sub-systems. © 2019 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: 2019 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: cited By 0; Conference of 9th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2019 ; Conference Date: 17 October 2019 Through 20 October 2019; Conference Code:158424
Keywords: Arts computing; Data handling; Employment; Looms; Rural areas; Sustainable development; Textile industry; Web services; Websites, Connectivity; Design and Development; Digital Distance; Handloom; Intelligent Manufacturing; Khadi; Sustainable textiles; Web-based applications, Bridges
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 09:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 09:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65136

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