Rao, Geetha, Geetha Rao is Honorary Secretary of the Crafts Council of Karnataka and the head of Arts Umbrella an organization that provides professional management and consulting services in the arts and cultural sectors. . She writes regularly on craft related subjects for the Deccan Herald and other publications and has done the research and text for the Crafts Map of Karnataka, part of the Dastakari Haat Samiti series. Geetha Rao works on the revival and promotion of the crafts of Karnataka - Mysore Chada Ganjifa, Bhuta Masks, Kinhal Woodcraft and others. She conceived and curated the exhibition "Pakshi - Birds in Crafts of South India" in collaboration with India's leading jeweler, Ganjam and organized "Kamala - Festival of Indian Crafts" organized by the Crafts Council of India.
Ratnakar, Pooja, Pooja Ratnakar is an economics graduate who then went on to study design at NIFT, N. Delhi. She and her sister Payal Nath have been active in the craft clusters of Orissa and West Bengal, through their NGO Kadam and their marketing platform Art Bunker. Their efforts have been to connect traditional village and tribal crafts to everyday use in urban homes and offices. Their brand ‘Potli’ creates products that educate children on Indian art and craft traditions.
Pooja writes for various magazines about her travel and experiences with people, places and art/craft.
Ravi, Sumana, Sumana Ravi graduated in Photojournalism from Light & Life Academy, Ooty. An ex-
Management Consultant, she has worked on several projects to document the
diverse facets of Indian culture covering events, people and places. For her,
photography is both a passion and a mechanism for documenting stories of her
Rawat, Bhawana, Bhawana Rawat after completing her Master’s in Clothing and Textile from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, and Uttaranchal, Bhawana is working as an Assistant Professor in the Knitwear Design Department, National Institute Fashion Technology, Mumbai.
Rawat, Shivaa, Shivaa Rawat is working as a Research Associate on the UNESCO led Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) program. Prior to this, she had assisted in the preparation of the second issue of the Power of Creativity Magazine, which focused on the Parsi community. She holds a Masters in Modern Indian History and a PG Diploma in Conflict Transformation in Peace Building from the University of Delhi.
Sadr, Ayeshe, Ayeshe Sadr is a design student at Srishti, Bangalore. She plans on becoming a Textile Designer and is on a year long sabbatical during which she has worked with Craft Council of India and Craft Revival Trust.
Sanyal, Amba, Amba Sanyal studied at the College of Art (New Delhi) and the Beaux Arts (France). She coordinated the documentation project 'Saris of India' under the Development Commission (Handlooms) and co-authored 'Saris of India - Madhya Pradesh'. Since the 60s Amba has worked with rural communities in craft development and design intervention as well as art education with village school children. At present she works as a costume designer for film and theatre and teaches costume design. She works extensively with school and college students running theatre and art appreciation workshops.
Sethi, Pankaja, Sethi Pankaja is a designer turned wandering researcher by passion. Her textile journey began in the pursuit of exploring weaves and the vivid material cultures. The language beyond the visual patterns stimulated her to experiment textile materials with weavers and Adivasi in Odisha. Connecting threads with her native state, whilst working with Dongria Kondh and Santhal Adivasi women, she experienced the deeper meaning of humans’ relation with the nature, how the visual language of material culture narrates intangible reflection of nature.
Pankaja Sethi studied textile designing from National Institute of Fashion and Technology, New Delhi in 2001. As a self taught anthropologist Pankaja continued her research work and studied Social Anthropology from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 2009-10 to pursue her interest. She has travelled to remote villages in Odisha, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Bastar and Indonesia and worked extensively on textiles. On basis of self generated sustainable projects for weavers she was selected for ‘Asian Feminisms and Transnational Activism’ 2012 - the first ‘Ewha Global Empowerment Program’ at Ewha Womans University, Seoul among the twenty two feminist leaders from Asia. Her credential includes Small Study Grant from Nehru Trust for Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2009-10) on Kotpad textiles, Sir Doraji Tata Fellowship- National Folklore Support Centre on Dongria Kondh Textiles and paintings 2012-13.
Sethi, Ritu, Ritu Sethi is the Chairperson of Craft Revival Trust and the Managing Editor of Asia-InCh, the principal online encyclopedia on the intangible cultural heritage of traditional arts, crafts, textiles and its practitioners in South Asia.
Sethi serves as an advisory board member of the ICH Committee (ABICHU), Ministry of Culture, Government of India besides being a member of policy groups constituted by the Government on intangible culture, handlooms and crafts. She is on the advisory board of UNESCO Cat II centers in both Japan (IRCI) and the China (CRIHAP); on the INTACH Heritage craft and community division; CII Task Force on Art and Culture, besides several other institutions.
Sethi served for four terms on the Consultative Body of examiners for the Nomination to the Urgent Safe Guarding List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO; in her last term she was the Chairperson of the Consultative Body. Sethi served as member of High Powered Panel of Experts for the Development of Handlooms, Planning Commission, and on the Steering Committee for Handicrafts and Handlooms for the development of the 12th 5 Year Plan, Planning Commission, Government of India. Sethi served as a Consultant to UNESCO on Post Disaster Need Assessment on ICH. She has held positions that included being a Board Member of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghrahalaya IGRMS/ National Museum of Humankind, Bhopal; and Executive Committee Member, Center for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT), Ministry of Culture;Executive Committee Member, Miranda House, Delhi University, and several other institutions.
She has edited and written several publications including 'Designers Meet Artisans - A practical guide - (translated into Spanish and French); ‘Embroidering Futures: Repurposing the Kantha’, Pub.: India Foundation of the Arts; ‘Painters, Poets, Performers: The Patuas of Bengal’ Pub.: India Foundation of the Arts besides her essays in national and international publications. In addition she writes a column in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald newspaper.
Sethi has organized regular seminars on heritage, culture, tradition and sustainability for more than a decade and spoken at forums in India and internationally.
Sethi, Yasmin, Yasmin Sethi, a graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London is a product designer, researcher, teacher and craftsperson.
Shah, Ambereen Ali, Ambereen Ali Shah is pursuing her PhD. from JNU focusing on the Israel Palestine conflict and the role of NGO's in the peace building process.
Shah, Archana, Archana Shah studied Textile Design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, and graduated in 1981. While at NID, she developed a keen interest in the traditional craft skills of indigenous artisans and travelled to remote corners of the country to study, understand and experience the vast variety of weaving, dyeing, printing, embroidery and ornamentation techniques practised by different communities. This enriching journey familiarised her with the unique skills of the people of various regions, their distinctive colour palettes, and rich design vocabulary, which became the base for all her future work. In 1985, Archana started a clothing company, Bandhej, a label influenced by traditional textile skills, offering a range of handcrafted contemporary clothing created for Indian women, with an eastern sensibility. Over time, Bandhej has created a distinct idiom in its designs, offering handcrafted, sustainable fashion that has an understated elegance, with a chain of stores in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore.In addition to her work with Bandhej, Archana has designed costumes for feature films such as Bhavni Bhavai (dir. Ketan Mehta, 1980) and Mirch Masala (dir. Ketan Mehta, 1987) as well as for theatre. She also worked on the Festival of India inaugurations at Paris in 1985, Moscow, Leningrad and Tashkent 1987, designing architectural textile installations to create an Indian mood. More recently she has written and published a book: Shifting Sands. Kutch: A Land in Transition (Bandhej Books, 2013). It describes a personal journey of discovery through her association with the land of Kachchh, its people and their craft over more than thirty years. She believes that traditional wisdom has a lot to offer and through her work with Bandhej strives to uphold, preserve and sustain the precious skills and inherent knowledge of indigenous artisans through collaborative design interventions.
Shah, Karnav, Karnav Shah is a marketing and finance professional with special interest in promotion of Indian handicraft industry, and welfare of craftspeople with the aim of developing social entrepreneurship . He is a qualified MBA (Finance), Executive MBA (International Finance Management-Global Degree) and Doctorate In Management.
Sharma, Alka, Alka Sharma have completed their course with the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur. They both specialized in 2-D materials.
Sharma, Anu, Anu Sharma is designated as Assistant Professor, Textile Design Department in National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi since 2005. With a Masters in Textile Design from NIFT New Delhi her major topics of research and publication have been in design, textiles and sustainability. This paper is part of her Ph.D. research and focuses on the current scenario of Napasar's textile craft sector. Her Ph.D. research study' is under the guidance of Dr. Mona Suri, Associate Professor and Dr. Simmi Bhagat, Associate Professor, Department of Fabric and Apparel Science, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University
Singh, Govind, Govind Singhis doing his PhD "Urban Ecology of Delhi" at the School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi
Singh, Mitra, Mitra Singh a graduate of IICD, Jaipur has worked on several craft projects including ceramics, handmade paper, appliqué and others.
Singh, Priyanka, Singh, Priyanka studied Applied Arts from Chandigarh College of Art and is at present pursuing Graphic design at NID, Ahmedabad. Her interests include photography, music, movies and dogs!
Singh, Radhika, Radhika Singh completed her Masters in Social Work from Delhi University in 1976.
In 1979 she submitted her M.Phil. thesis to the Jawaharlal Nehru University on The Dialectics of Industrial Growth in India. The Case of the Cotton Textile Industry.
From 1973 - 1983 Radhika trained with a prominent Delhi theatre group and acted in productions like Jesus Christ Superstar, Boing-Boing and King Lear. Simultaneously working as a model in Delhi, she was photographed by Madan Mahatta, Avinash Pasricha, Raghu Rai, Hardev Singh and Kitty Hazuria, and walked the ramp in over 40 shows.
In 1987 Radhika started the first photo agency in Delhi. With a bank of 200 photographers, and a stock of 100,000 pictures. Fotomedia is credited with professionalizing the use of images in the Indian market. In addition, she produced audio visuals, worked as consultant photo editor for publishing houses, and curated photo exhibitions in India and the UK. Between 1998- 2000, she initiated a series of installations at the India Habitat Centre, pioneering the cause of photography as an art form.
Some of her best-known curatorial projects include ‘Incredible India’ for the Ministry of Tourism; ‘Try to See It My Way’, for the Bill Gates Foundation; Sunil Gupta’s autobiographical “Pictures From Here’; ‘Relative Values’ for India’s 60th anniversary and ‘Through Dad’s Eyes: Lahore 1946 – Delhi 1966’. She co-curated ‘Click! Contemporary Photography in India’ for the Vadehra Art Gallery and ‘Where Three Dreams Cross’. A History of Photography from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh’, which opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2010.
Radhika published her first book, ‘The Fabric of our Lives. The History of Fabindia’ in 2010. Her next book, ‘Suraiya Hasan Bose. Weaving a legacy’, documents the work of Suraiya apa, a textile icon from Hyderabad. It was published by Dr. Reddy’s Foundation.
Singhal, Divya, Divya Singhal is a PhD scholar in the Department of Fabric and Apparel Science, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. The area of her doctorate study is the conservation of brocaded textiles in museums. A gold medallist and a meritorious student she has a passion for textiles and believes in combing technology advancement along with the transfer of benefit to traditional craftsperson's. She has worked as an Assistant Professor at Lady Irwin College for over a year before opting for further studies. Her M.Sc. dissertation was in the area of conservation of textiles focused on wet cleaning of museum textiles.