The project brief
Dharohar is an interactive installation showcasing traditional elements of art and crafts of Jaipur. It allows user to interact with traditional art and crafts of Jaipur through a Jharokha theme based installation, helping tourist to feel the true essence of traditions and help them connect to the root of Jaipur's culture.

The exploration and user research
Exploration of Jaipur included study of its history, architecture, culture, traditions, festivals and people. A study was carried out is which 20 people were interviewed and asked what comes to their mind when they think of Jaipur. According to the research the keywords were noted and used for the project.

The concept sketches
The Arch Concept
Playing with light
Different Style of arches been used.
In this concept, the most prominent element of Jaipur i.e. arch is been used. Each arch contains traditional artifacts and a push button. As soon as the button is pressed, light of that particular arch glows and information can be read on the screen.

The 'Jharokha' content
Twelve Jharokhas each carrying different content were used: Bandhani, Metal work, Blue Pottery, marble Work, Silver Jewellery, Gota work, Bangles, Embroidery, Turban, Block Print.

It includes the information graphics for each artifact which help tourists to know Jaipur in a better way and help them get information about the places where that particular type of art & craft can be found.

The Installation
This installation can be deployed on airports or other public places where tourists come with the aim of exploring the city of Jaipur.

The prototyping
Building process:
Making of wooden jharokhas.
Fixing them on the board of 9ft * 4.5ft
Connecting the buttons to LEDs to arduino.
Connecting buttons to computer to show case the interface.
Flash was used as the platform to display interfaces and playing the audio.

Prototyping tools and equipment: Arduino, Net Lab Hub Toolkit, Wooden fabrication, LED, LED based push buttons Adobe Flash software, Workshop tools and machines.


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