Over the years, the Department of Home Science has been exhibiting various handicrafts and textile items prepared by its students. The focus has been to teach the students to pick up a style of printing, weaving, stitching and styling an item, plan and prepare it under the guidance of the department faculty, in order to display it for the college. The objective of all these exhibitions is to foster overall personality development and vocational training to the students. The students not only learn a particular subject specific skill but also learn the technique to plan and execute a project, detail it, purchase and prepare the material required, estimate the costs and finally market it in the college exhibitions.
In the previous five years this plan has been followed under the following headings:
Year 2016-17 RANGOTSAVA
The technique specified by the department was dyeing and printing. The students prepared dupattas, runners, kurtas, saris, bed covers bed sheets etc, using the technique of block printing, tie and die, spray printing, block printing and screen printing.
Year 2017 18 SAAJ SAJJA
The Department planned for session 17-18 to focus on Quilting and Home Décor. The PG students learned the skills and then prepared aprons with head covers and gloves, baby quilts, appliance covers etc, using quilting as a technique. The UG students learned the skills and then made decorative pots using ropes, old cloth, clay, wax, dried flowers etc to enhance the pots. Glass painting done on glasses, bottles and jars. The students also learned dry flower arrangements using bamboo pots and stockings, organdie, duplex paper etc to prepare flowers of many kinds.
Year 2018-19 - DEEPOTSAVA
The department discussed and then selected ‘Deeputsava’ as the focus of the session. The aim was to teach students about natural and artificial lighting. The students prepared decorative deeyas, hanging lamps, candles and lanterns. Bottles with tee lights were also decorated. Many students made electric lamps and lanterns. They further decorated the lamp shades, using various painting and printing techniques. A few students even embroidered the lamp shade cloth.
Year 2019-20 KAARIGARI
The focus in this session was on hand work and embroidery. The students learned the skills and then prepared potlis in satin, velvet, jute, and silk to further embroider them beautifully. They made pillow and cushion covers using traditional embroidery such as kantha Manipuri, phulkari, shadow work, Parsi and satin , to represent work from various Indian states.
Year 2020-21 KRATIKA
The session 2020 21 focussed on stitching of toddler material, as well as on home accessories. The students stitched A line frocks, baby quilts, baby caps, baby bags and bottle cover, games and educational toys for toddlers and presschoolers, and further used embroideries or applique art to enhance them. They also prepared hand painted mirror frames which were further artistically decorated with glass work, hand painting, clay and shikari material.
As Covid 19 had hit the session badly, students of deptt of Home Science prepared masks by stitching them and embroidering them although, the exhibition of all the prepared items could not be held as the second wave of Covid ended the preparations abruptly.
The outcome of all these exhibitions was to foster overall personality development and vocational training to the students. This was possible as they learnt the technique to plan and execute a project, detail it, purchase and prepare the material required, estimate the costs and finally market it in the college exhibitions.