We understand that you employ craft techniques and processes in your collections. Which craft techniques have you worked with?
I work with a variety of printing and embroideries - block, kantha, kutch embroidery etc. I employ women who have migrated to the city from smaller towns and rural areas. They all have some basic skills with the needle and at my studio they develop these skills to do intricate needlework using beads and creating patchwork patterns.
You are a NIFT graduate. Were handlooms and traditional textiles included in your formal education at NIFT?
I was in NIFT from 1994-97. In our first year we have to undertake the documentation of a craft. I researched the textiles in North Bengal, specifically the Tibetan community settled there. Though I have kept no direct links with them one does imbibe the design and colour sensibilities. I also work with Sasha in Kolkata and have had an association with Dastkar though I do not have a formal interaction with the crafts. I have also begun work with Karam Marg and that might develop.
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