An initiative reinvigorating life into a ruin and regenerating a sense of pride amongst the people of Amber about their history and heritage
The restoration and renovation of this ruined haveli was integral to the larger objective of conservation of the 800-years old historic town of Amber by J.P. Singh, the convenor of The Jaipur Chapter of INTACH. The primary objective therefore was to prove that ruins of Amber are not as dilapidated, that conservation is not expensive or time consuming as assumed and that traditional materials and technologies embedded in the craftsperson are still available to breed life into the ruins.
Therefore the conservation process was taken up with initiation, participation and pro-active contribution of the craftsperson and local residents. The process used only traditional materials and none of the contemporary materials were used. No drawings were made and all design conservation decisions were taken with the inputs of the traditional craftspersons.
The three year restoration process more than re-established the relevance of traditional materials and technologies in the contemporary context particularly historic settlements. It took J.P. Singh the client three months to find the master craftsman Premchand Saini, who came with five craftsmen to support him in the process, today each one of them is an independent contractor with his own team, and contributes to the Built Environment through the increased use of traditional materials and technologies.