Bhasin, Sonali, Sonali Bhasin is a student of Barnard University, New York She has assisted with craft demonstrations organized by CRT. Her long term goal is to teach.
Bhatnagar, Aparna, Aparna Bhatnagar is Founder Director Green and Good Store, Jaipur, Rajasthan. She is a social entrepreneur and runs “The Green and Good Store, an online store dedicated to promoting “responsible consumerism” in India. Aparna is an alumna of Delhi School of Economics and IIM Ahmedabad and has a keen interest in sustainable development. Her store brings her in contact with artisans from all over India as it attempts to promote traditional knowledge in communities.
Bhatt, Ashwini, Ashwini Bhatt is a Bharatanatyam dancer currently working with Padmini Chettur in Chennai. She also works with children and is interested in music and literature.
If we think of craft as skill and dance also as perfection of skill and both steeped in traditional knowledge systems Ashwini is rather concerned with the resistance amongst many practitioners and also consumers of dance to any form of change or experimentation and also the rather disturbing form of commercialisation being adopted for the knowledge to survive. Craft too suffers from this. Ashwini has written a personal piece for our July issue exploring these murky depths.
Bhatt, Jatin, Bhatt, Jatin, Founder Director of Edusign Consulting Pvt. Ltd.is a 1977 graduate of National Institute of Design (NID) with a specialization in Industrial Design.
His new initiative Edusign Consulting (www.edusign.in) is focused on education, training, design & product development from macro strategies to finer details; from process to products. Offering a six months program ‘Curating the Commerce of Crafts’, in collaboration with Dastkar, designed to develop compassionate and informed business leadership based on inclusive practices of partnering with artisan communities. The core of the program is to appreciate and build on unique identities of crafts as a differentiating business strategy.
Prof. Bhatt conceived the Accessory Design Department at NIFT as its first indigenous program. The program was pioneering in its industry-academic interface and expanded to five unique specializations in different NIFT centers. He was the Dept. Chair from 1991 to early 2008.
With diverse professional design experience in consumer goods, packaging, machine tools, ITES, handicrafts, automobiles, education, training, cluster development and exhibitions he has been involved with various institutions and organizations including IICD Jaipur, Japan Design Foundation, World Gold council, CDI Kashmir, CRC Khamir, Kutch, ICG Jaipur, Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi, UNDP and more in the capacities of founding chair, visiting faculty, external examiner, expert, consultant, advisor, mentor and on the governing bodies.
Prof. Bhatt has been a Judge on many national & international competitions and has presented papers as keynote speaker, design expert & design educationist at many forums in India and abroad.
Black, Sandy, Sandy Black is a designer, author and researcher, and Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at London College of Fashion (LCF). She joined University of the Arts London (UAL) to develop and direct the college’s first multi-disciplinary MA programme in Fashion Studies, having previously directed the Fashion Textiles BA programme at the University of Brighton. Prior to academia, Sandy was director and designer for the Sandy Black Original Knits fashion knitwear company, selling knitwear and knitting yarn kits to prestigious stores internationally in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. Sandy has degrees in both mathematics and design, and researches, writes and lectures on the intersections of textiles, fashion and knitwear design with emerging technology and science in the context of cultural, environmental and economic sustainability. She is a key researcher within UAL’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion at LCF. Her interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on the role of design in addressing issues of sustainability within the designer fashion and textiles sector. Sandy develops networks and collaborative research projects, aiming to reconcile desirability and fashion with wellbeing and better lives. In 2004-05 she initiated the Interrogating Fashion network (funded under the AHRC/EPSRC Designing for the 21st Century initiative) to create a research agenda for future fashion and subsequently led the project Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion to assist designers in developing personalised fashion products to ultimately reduce fashion consumption but enhance fashion delight. She currently leads the F.I.R.E (Fashion, Innovation, Research, Evolution) series of research projects bridging academic research and designer fashion businesses. Sandy’s publications include: The Sustainable Fashion Handbook, (Thames and Hudson 2012), Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft (V&A Publishing 2012) and Eco Chic: the Fashion Paradox (Black Dog Publishing 2008, 2011). She is founder and co-editor of the journal Fashion Practice: design, creative process and the fashion industry (Routledge) now in its 10th year of publication.
Cama, Dr. Shernaz, Dr. Shernaz Cama has been teaching at Delhi University since 1983 and has been Head, Department of English at Lady Shri Ram College. She has worked on Blake and Zoroastrianism, for her PhD researches at the British Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
She writes for academic journals and magazines and has been a Resource Person for the Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, giving lectures at various Universities under this scheme. She has written several books on Blake as well as on Zoroastrian topics and guided senior scholars in research projects.
On the invitation of UNESCO Dr. Cama initiated a Project on the Preservation and Promotion of Parsi Zoroastrian Culture and Heritage (Parzor). As Honorary Director of this Project she has recorded Oral Traditions and creating awareness of the rich culture and heritage of this community. She has produced three movies under the project.
Dr. Cama has also headed an international six country multinational candidature for the UNESCO award "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity", called "Asha: the Law of Harmony - A Study of Environmental Consciousness in Zoroastrian Rituals". Dr. Cama was the Indian Representative for the Navroze multinational candidature file, headed by Iran, which has been declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009.
Dr. Cama has been awarded the Mazda Education Foundation Award and Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Zoroastrian community. She is the Parsi representative for India on the Board of the International interfaith movement, The Temple of Understanding.
Chandra, Aarti, Aarti Chandra has done her graduation in English from Delhi University followed by a diploma in Public Relations and Advertising. She has worked as a Manager (Promotions) for a well-known cosmetic group. Presently she freelances as a copy editor of educational books for a reputed publishing house.
Chatterjee, Ashoke, Ashoke Chatterjee,former Executive Director of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad from 1975-85 retired as a Distinguished Fellow in 2001. Ashoke Chatterjee is on the board of directors of Aid to Artisans, USA among several other organizations. His vast interests include water management and environmental issues. He has spearheaded the movement to find a solution to the crisis faced by the weavers of Varanasi.
Chiba, Moe, Chiba, Moe, Programme Specialist for Culture at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), has been appointed since August 2006 to coordinate the Culture unit of UNESCO New Delhi Office for Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She looks after programmes on World Heritage Sites, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism among others. In 2011, while on sabbatical leave from UNESCO, Chiba worked and travelled to several parts of India and South Asia to gain understanding on the grass-root reality, and to explore the possibility of introducing culture-based development for rural areas.
Chowdhury, Ruhee Das, Chowdhury, Ruhee Das, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkatta, has hands on experience in industry as a designer. Keenly interested in surface techniques on textiles she started learning embroidery at the age of eight. Her interests have deepened and she has now mastered over 100 stitches ranging from Indian to international ones.
As one of the final contestants for the Lakme Fashion House, she studied Fashion at NIFT. She is currently researching traditional needle crafts and working on a book on Kantha.
Clifford, Ruth, Ruth Clifford is currently a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). She was awarded a 3-year Vice Chancellor’s scholarship in 2014 to pursue her research into design and business education for artisans in India, with a specific focus on handloom weaving. She studied Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a BA Hons in 2006 and an MA in 2012. Her MA work with ajrakh printers in Kachchh district, Gujarat, earned her the Textile Society Critical Writing Award in 2012 and was published in Text, vol. 40. During her MA fieldwork she was introduced to Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya (KRV), a non-governmental organisation in Kachchh that offers design and business education to artisans - the project along with The Handloom School (THS) in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh became the focus of her PhD research. Through case studies of Somaiya Kala Vidya (which evolved out of KRV) and THS she analysed the different strategies employed to nurture innovation in the handloom sector and to make weaving a viable occupation economically, as well as in terms of individual aspiration. She submitted her thesis in September 2018.Ruth Clifford teaches part-time at NTU on a core undergraduate module, Design Culture and Context. She also writes a blog on her experiences of visiting craft communities, as well as interviews and reviews.
Craft Revival Trust, At the Craft Revival Trust, we believe that access to knowledge through mapping and documentation is the basis of safeguarding the intangible heritage of crafts, textiles, folk and tribal arts and the oral knowledge systems that support them.
Launched in 1999, the web portal www.craftrevival.org, contains a constantly expanding Encyclopedia featuring information on the makers, the techniques, processes and vocabulary of the intangible cultural heritage of South Asia. The encyclopedia also provides a listing of museums and organisations dedicated to the conservation and promotion of this sector, case studies of prior experiments in cultural and socio-economic development, a bibliography, and a glossary of terms, useful links, amongst many other features (see links above and on right). Today, www.craftrevival.org is the largest available archive of its kind both online and otherwise.
Dhamija, Jasleen, Dhamija, Jasleen began work with the Government of India in 1954, focussing on the revival of traditional crafts, community development and women’s employment. She then worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Iran on the first project on Rural Non Farm Employment to support the Land Reform. Jasleen has been advisor to many governments on applied art and multi-cultural creative expression. She has also taught in many universities and lectured around the world. She was visiting fellow at Canberra School of Arts, Canberra, Wollongong University and Sydney School of Art. She has organised major exhibitions including Power Cloths of the Commonwealth at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and New Delhi. She was appointed President of Jury for Award to the Finest Textile Designers and Weavers for their Creativity in Asia and Co-Chairperson for the Handloom Development Working Group to evolve a development programme for a million handloom weavers.
Dhar, Parul Pandya, Parul Pandya Dhar is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi, and specializes in the history of ancient and medieval Indian art, with further research interests in pre-modern Asian cross-cultural interactions. She has authored The Torana in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture (2010) and edited Indian Art History: Changing Perspectives (2011) and Cultural Interface of India with Asia: Religion, Art and Architecture (2004, co-edited) besides contributing several research papers in journals and books. She is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow (2007-08), Germany. An alumnus of Kalakshetra-Chennai, she has also been well-known as an accomplished classical Indian dance-artiste.
Dole, Sandrine, Sandrine Dole is a French product designer, trained in industrial design and specializing in the handicraft sector since 1999. Based in Morocco, she has worked in both the rural and urban areas in several African countries.
She works in applying design in a development perspective, keeping in consideration social, cultural, economic and environmental assets in the fields of handicrafts product design, vocational craft and design training and consultancy, - scenography design for events and in visual communication (photography and graphics). Her experience is in a wide range of production techniques (wood, bamboo, metal, ceramics, natural fibres, leather, recycled materials...) and in different sectors (urban furniture, home furniture, tableware, fashion accessories, home textiles...), she provides the connection between a local environment and international demands, for tourism markets and export.