In the autumn Judith was invited as workshop facilitor with the team of Butterfly Works in Karachi at the IVS universty in Pakistan. ButterflyWorks, Netherlands (a co-partner in skills project) is supporting the project to improve the design skills of rural female artisans as their products could seek attention of urban markets. The week was setup as research and creation week with IVS students working together during the co-creation workshop.
The craftswomen in Pakistan are highly skilled in their traditional crafts, but often lack entrepreneurial and design innovation skills. Butterfly Works was asked to develop a training that improves the income of 1600 craftswomen in rural Pakistan. Through a co-creation process with relevant stakeholders we explored artisans’ wishes and discussed different perspectives. This way we created a curriculum that prepares for more assignments and an increased income. By including the trainers and artisans, we also discovered the obstacles in traditional training methods.