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Ownership of the Jaipur Crafts Festival | A Clarification

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An Open Letter About the First Jaipur Crafts Festival

The first Jaipur Crafts Festival was very successful in regard to programming and audience engagement about the business of crafts, culture and heritage. Scott Frankum is the Founder and Owner of The Jaipur Crafts Festival. Nilesh Yadav is Co-Founder and Festival Director of The Jaipur Crafts Festival. From multiple, reliable first-person accounts we are aware of misrepresentations that others claim credit for our work.

Let us be clear. The intellectual property, trademarks and URLs are privately owned. Scott Frankum and Nilesh Yadav paid for everything. Any differing representations about festival brand, ownership, sponsorship, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights are untrue.

SPONSORS

We understand that some sponsors may have been promised a spotlight that was not met. If you have been made promises on behalf of the Jaipur Crafts Festival, please reach out to info@jaipurcraftsfestival.com. We will try to make you whole in the next festival edition.

STEPS WE ARE TAKING

We wish that others had not misrepresented their involvement and sullied a beautiful idea that deserves an audience. It is without joy that we as individuals and as the Jaipur Crafts Festival are taking steps to defend the festival. We do this on the advice of legal counsel. If you have information about false promises made on behalf of the Jaipur Crafts Festival please write us. 

Sincerely,

Scott and Nilesh

Scott Frankum, Festival Founder (scott@greige.co)
Nilesh Yadav, Festival Co-Founder and Festival Director (nilesh@greige.co)
info@jaipurcraftsfestival.com  
Decolonization, which unravels lingering colonial systems and structures, has been topical in Africa and the Americas for over 20 years. Inside India, decolonizing Indian crafts does not seem to have crossed-over from academic settings to broader audiences. Why is that? 
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The lack of a standardized, generally accepted definition of “handmade / handcraft” destabilizes sustainability reporting, ESG dimensions and other urgent, data-driven concerns. We propose the best general definition for handmades, so far:

"True handmades are created, essentially, by human hands. “100% handmades” can use hand tools or even limited mechanical processes—as long as the artisan’s work and skills remain the most substantial value-add of the finished product." Keep reading for a rounded view of handmades, globally.

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