Agarawal, Megha, Megha Agarawal, is a designer turned social-entrepreneur, founder of the organization – ‘Crafting Nuru’. She has a Fine Art background and did her Masters in Design - Visual Communication from IDC IIT Bombay. Her comfortable corporate career was short lived soon after she founded Crafting Nuru with the support of IIM Ahmedabad and started working with the institute as Research Associate on Craft research projects.
Crafting Nuru (www.craftingnuru.com) presently provides craft-design-education consultancy to NGOs and other craft based organizations; as well as is involved in production of handicraft products in Rajasthan. The organization aims to start a chain reaction with Craft-education being instrumental in over-all development of craft-sector and in turn, sustainable development of India. Their ‘design curriculum for artisans’ had been implemented in five artisan-schools in Bikaner by Rangsutra and the schools’ success validates the vision set by Crafting Nuru.
Apart from being a designer, she is an artist proficient in Hindustani classical music, had worked as radio jockey, has keen interest in documentary film making and writing.
Aggarwal, Dr. Reena, Aggarwal, Dr. Reena is an Assistant Professor in National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai. A master’s in textiles and clothing from Vanasthali University, She has done her doctorate in assessing the felting ability of different types of indigenous and exotic wool fibres from Vanasthali University in collaboration with Central sheep wool research Institute (CSWRI) Avikanagar. She has taught in Banasthali University, Delhi University and has a teaching experience of more than a decade. She writes for various journals and also presented papers at conferences. In addition to her interests in Traditional Indian Textiles and surface design techniques, she has worked extensively with natural dyes.
Aid to Artisans, Aid To Artisans (ATA), a USA based non-profit organization offers practical assistance to artisan groups worldwide, working in partnerships to foster economic development, improved livelihoods, cultural vitality and community well-being. Through collaboration in product development, business skills training and linkages to new markets, ATA provides sustainable economic and social benefits for craftspeople in an environmentally sensitive and culturally respectful manner. ATA's uniqueness lies in its multi-faceted and holistic approach to artisan enterprise development, which is designed to provide sustainable economic and social benefits to artisans and their communities. ATA works with artisans across the globe and currently has 20 projects across four continents. ATA benefits 20-25,000 artisans per year through projects and grants (with 2/3 being women), and in FY07 leveraged more than $15 million in new sales for artisan businesses.
Anupama, A., A Anupama is currently pursuing PGDM-Apparel management,from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile and Management, Coimbatore(under indian textile ministry). Her passion is to work for the development of traditional indian textiles,crafts and handlooms. She recently completed a project on AYURVEDIC HEALING FABRIC at Handloom weavers development society,Balaramapuram.
Arora, Radhika, Radhika Arora is an English graduate from Delhi University. She is a freelance writer and journalist.
Arora, Rohini, Assistant Professor
(Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Punjab University, Chandigarh)
(Textiles and Clothing, with the Office of the Development Commissioner, Handicrafts, October 2013 and December 2016)
Rohini Arora is working as academic and design consultant with reputed institutions. She is in the field of teaching, research and development, since early 2005. She has done Masters in Home Science in Textiles and Clothing from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She was awarded ‘Best Student Award’ in Textile Design in M.Sc. Textile & Clothing. She has qualified U.G.C NET in December 2005. Ph.D degree was awarded in Fabric and Apparel Science, Department of Home science, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University in May 2015 on thesis title ‘Capacity Building of Artisans for the Sustenance of Traditional Chamba Embroidery’. She was empanelled as designer in Textiles and Clothing with the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) in October 2013 and December 2016. She has seven years of teaching experience in premium colleges in Delhi and Chandigarh namely Lady Irwin College, Mata Sundri College for Women, Government College of Home Science and NIIFT. Numerous research papers were presented in International and National conferences. Several research papers and proceedings were published in journals and books. She has eleven years of experience in field of craft. Several workshops and exhibitions were coordinated with the artisans to upgrade the existing skills of the artisans.
In recent times, she was invited by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Chairperson, International Research Division and Life Trustee, India International Center to display the exhibition of embroidered products from Chamba from 17 February’ 2018 to 26 February’ 2018. The exhibition was inaugurated by Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Shri Shantmanu, IAS, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The exhibition was visited by eminent scholars, well covered by several newspapers and also featured on Rajya Sabha TV. The exhibition was supplemented with demonstrations, workshops by artisans from Chamba and symposium for disseminating information on sustaining the rich cultural heritage of Indian textiles.
Lately, she has placed proposal under cultural exchange programme by ICCR for display of exquisite embroidered products from Chamba in major events worldwide which has been accepted. The date and host country is yet to be announced.
Arora, Vishu, Vishu Arora is a Lecturer in Fashion Designing at GNG College, Ludhiana, Punjab
Azhagesan, Vinoth Kumar, Vinoth Kumar Azhagesan, completed his Bachelor’s (Apparel and Fashion Technology) from Namakal (District), Tamil Nadu. Currently, he is pursuing Post Graduation, Master of Design (Final Year) from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Mumbai, India. He is doing a project on Kodali Karrupur saris.
Balasubramaniam, A., A. Balasubramaniam is a Product Designer based in Delhi. He works with both the industrial and the crafts sector providing design intervention for products for better appeal and marketability. A graduate of NID, Ahmedabad, he has worked with artisans in design development projects in UP, Punjab, Assam, Tamilnadu, and Nagaland. He was also the product designer for the India-Pakistan design workshop: Dostkari. He is visiting faculty at major design institutes in Delhi. He writes regularly on the subject of Design in Economic Times, Times of India and other design publications.
Balasubramanian, Shanthi, Shanthi Balasubramanian, a postgraduate from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. She has worked with a number of development organizations including Craft Revival Trust where she was Coordinator - Research and Documentation. She traveled and studied the crafts of Sri Lanka, her writings can be viewed in the South Asia section.
Ballyn, John, John Ballyn studied Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London. In the 1960s and early 1970s he worked as an industrial designer for major consumer electronic brands and public transport vehicles in the UK. Since 1973 he has worked providing product design, production technology, packaging and management processes to crafts producers and SMEs in more than 40 countries around the world. He has contributed to training manuals about product design and market development for cultural enterprises. His clients include agencies EU, UN (UNIDO, ILO, ITC), UK and Swiss governments.
Banerjee, Debanjali, Debanjali Banerjee, PhD in Textile/Color Chemistry in Natural dyes, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, with a Masters in Textile and Clothing from S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai, with NET (Research & Teaching). Currently an Assistant Professor with National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, earlier with Jadavpur University, Kolkata in Chemical Engineering Department as Assistant Professor. She has been visiting faculty at Apparel Export Promotion Council, Kolkata and J. D. Birla Institute, Kolkata, also worked with Bombay Textile Research Association, Mumbai. Coordinated projects in the field of Science and Technology, Survey and Auditing programs, pattern developments, color matching. She worked on projects funded by UGC, CSIR and DST. With published papers in National and International Journals, she is a member of several prestigious bodies. Her research interest includes Indian traditional textiles, blending with modern trends, using traditional natural dyes, research and development, commercialization of research project, Her works include Herbal Gulal from natural colors, Natural Colors from waste flowers, Cosmetics using natural products and other medicinal research. She has conducted workshop for artisan groups and weavers.
Basu, Dr. Kaushik, Dr. Kaushik Basu is a Professor of Economics, the C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Director of the Program on Comparative Economic Development at Cornell University. He is a development economist whose current research focuses on political economy, knowledge and rationality and labor markets in developing countries.
Dr. Basu is a member of the advisory committee on child labor statistics for the International Labour Organization (ILO). He also served as a member of the Expert Group on Development Issues for the Government of Sweden, Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 1997-2003. Prior to this, Dr. Basu was the Founder (1992) and Executive Director (1992-1996) of the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics in Delhi.
He is the editor of Social Choice and Welfare and has been an associate editor for the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Development Economics, along with editorial positions with a number of other journals and publications. From 1994-2003, he served as an associate editor of the World Bank Economic Review. Dr. Basu' most recent publications are India's Emerging Economy: Performance and Prospects in the 1990s and Beyond and Collected Theoretical Papers in Economics, 2 Vols. He currently writes a monthly column for BBC News Online.
Becker, Axel, Axel Fredrik Becker trained as a graphic artist, illustrator and art teacher. Instructor in Qigong and meditation as well. Works as artisan and designer with fabric print and Indigo dyeing.
He runs his own textile print workshop and Indigo dye workshop since 1990 and combines the traditional techniques with modern designs. The only practitioner in Scandinavia.
He cooperates with Aranya Natural in Munnar and Avani Kumaon, sharing and bringing back the knowledge which once was imported from India to Europe about 150 years ago.
Bhand, Vishal C., Vishal C. Bhand is Head and Associate Professor in Design at Silpa Sadana, School of Craft and Design at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. He has designed several courses on cultural practices and design process and closely worked with craftspeople in the area of wood, textiles, metal, ceramics and leather. He is a widely travelled scholar with keen interest in Indian art and craft.
Bhargava, Gayatri, Bhargava, Gayatri have completed her course with the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur. She specialized in 2-D materials.
Bharti, Rashmi, Rashmi Bharti has been working with issues related to rural development for the past 15 years. Avani the voluntary organisation she co-founded works with the creation of livelihood opportunities through appropriate technology, traditional craft and farm-based activities. Avani has worked with local capacity building for management of all these enterprises. In the past ten years of their work they have set up, among others, a community managed rural solar electrification program; rural electronic and mechanical workshop that manufactures solar water heaters as well as solar driers; a profitable business with handmade, high quality textiles in wool and silk dyed with natural dyes; cultivation of wild silks like eri and muga; collection and cultivation of natural dyes.
Bhasin, Anuradha, Anuradha Bhasin is an independent consultant working on the areas of trade and development issues.
Bhasin, Jyoti, Jyoti Bhasin is presently Senior Faculty in the Centre for Retail, Footwear Design and Development Institute, Noida, An M.Sc. (Home Science), with specialization in Textiles and Clothing, from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University with UGC NET qualification she has had teaching experience with JIMS, as a Faculty and Course- in- charge. Her interests lie in studying Indian traditional textiles, and it’s blending with modern trends. She has published articles and presented paper at conferences.