India Post today released a set of 2 stamps and miniature sheet on crafts museum.Soon after the independence of India, various projects and schemes for preservation and development of handicrafts were envisaged in the First and Second Five Year Plans. the Establishment of a Crafts Museum was an integral part of this policy. The core collection of the Crafts Museum was put together in the 1950s and\’ 60z to serve as reference material for the craftsmen whose hereditary traditions were fading on the face of modern industrialization.
The low-lying museum building, most appropriate for displaying India\’s rural and tribal arts, is designed by the renowned architect Charles Correa, to act as metaphor for an Indian village street – affable, accommodative and active. A walk across the Crafts Museum building would be through open and semi open passages covered with sloping, tiled roofs and lined with old carved wooden jharokhas,doors, windows, utensils and storage jars and perforated iron screens; through courtyards having domed pigeon houses adorned with arches and lattice work panels, terracotta shrines dedicated to basil plants, massive temple chariots and vermilion covered anionic wayside altars, providing every now and then a peep through a window into vast museum galleries. The Scales and proportions of the building are based on those of the traditional Indian village where objects of everyday life are hand made and used.