Mala Sinha, co-owner of BODHI, a successful clothing and textile atelier in Baroda.
A graduate of the National Institute of Design, (1974 – 1980) Mala Sinha is an accomplished designer entrepreneur with her own design studio and a textile-printing workshop.
Set up in 1984, Mala’s small workshop is highly respected for its understated, quiet aesthetics as well as its contribution to the language of patterning on textiles.
Today, The workshop has grown into a well-knit team of craftsmen who are engaged in producing beautiful products that are ethically made. At Bodhi, respect for the environment and natural resources is the mantra and a commitment to sustainable way of working is the collective responsibility. Every single process at the workshop is directed to save water, reduce water usage and minimize drudgery in industrial work. Bodhi takes pride in being an environment-friendly company through it s use of sustainable practices and technological innovations that save energy, print high quality textiles and leave minimum carbon and water footprint.
Over the years, Mala has tirelessly experimented with various printing, dyeing & other means of embellishing textile surfaces giving these craft techniques a new and a refreshing direction – be it hand block printing, screen printing, dyeing or hand embroidery, appliqué and patchwork.
Mala s designs seamlessly bridge rich tradition in textiles with contemporary aesthetic sensibilities, offering in every collection a fresh and an inspiring interpretation. Her in depth understanding of printing technology combined with her creative energy she charges each product with, makes her creations noteworthy as unique examples of design and craftsmanship with a huge respect for materials used.
Besides nurturing BODHI, her design studio workshop, Mala has worked as a research assistant with Dr. Lotika Varadhrajan for her book ” South Indian traditions of Kalamkari”
She has also worked as a research assistant as well as travel companion to Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada – president – world shibori symposium – while she was in India as a full bright scholar – to research on the Indian Traditions of tie dye and Bandhani.
UNESCO and the World Crafts Council has recognized BODHI by awarding its “seal of excellence” for design, innovation and craftsmanship for the year 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.