The International journal of intangible cultural heritage – Global InCH Journal has served as a platform for global connects and knowledge exchange on culture and heritage since 1999.
With a distinguished galaxy of contributors the Global InCH Journal is a valuable and unique source of critical analysis that bridges knowledge on multiple levels. From essays, views, analysis and commentary pieces, case-studies, photo essays to impact on policy to endangered culture and heritage, Global InCH is a chronicle and archive of tangible and intangible traditions and heritage.
Ritu Sethi is the founder-trustee of the Craft Revival Trust and editor of Global InCH, the online international journal of intangible cultural heritage. In addition she oversees the Asia InCHEncyclopedia, globally recognized as the leading repository of online knowledge on the traditional arts, crafts, textiles and its practitioners across South Asia.
Sethi has authored and edited several publications including ‘Embroidering Futures- Repurposing the Kantha’, ‘Designers Meet Artisans – A Practical Guide’ (translated into Spanish and French), ‘Painters, Poets, Performers – The Patuas of Bengal’ besides her other writings in national and international publications. Her research interests lie in tracing the evolution of Indian textile and craft traditions over the past century to more recent times, and its impact on practitioners and cultural and heritage exchange.
She serves on the advisory board of international organizations on culture and heritage in China and Japan. In India she is on the Advisory Committee of several institutions including the National Crafts Museum, New Delhi; the ICH committee (ABHICHU) SNA, Ministry of Culture besides several others. She has Chaired the UNESCO Consultative Body examining nominations to the ICH of the World; was on the Steering Committee for the 12th Five year Plan for Handlooms and Handicrafts, Planning Commission; board member of the Handloom and Handicraft Export Corporation, Government of India; Indira Gandhi RashtriyaManavSangrahalayaSamiti (National Museum of Man), Bhopal; Centre for Cultural Resource and Training, Ministry of Culture and other institutions.
Padma Shree; Former Chairperson Central Cottage Industry Emporium; Chairperson Handicrafts panel; Steering committee for the 12th five year plan, Planning Commission Government of India.
Author and Former Dean, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University,Delhi.
Dr. Varsha Gupta
Dr. Varsha Gupta is Professor in the Master of Design Department at NIFT New Delhi with almost 30 years of experience in Industry and Academia. During her 25 years at NIFT, she has held important roles as Head of Corporate Communications and Head of International Linkages and also Chairperson of the Master of Design Program. She was awarded Doctorate by NIFT in 2014 for her research titled, “Recycling of Post-Consumer Textile Waste and developing a model for Sustainable Development using System Dynamics”. She completed her MSc in Textiles and Clothing at Lady Irwin College, Delhi University and has been trained at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York. During her tenure at NIFT, she has taught subject areas like Research Methodologies, Sustainable Design, Systems Thinking, 2D/3D Geometry in Design, Craft Studies, Pattern Making, Draping and Grading to under-graduate & post-graduate students.
She has been an external examiner for Master’s Dissertation in Fabric and Apparel Science and an external expert in the Technical Review Board of the M.Sc. (Fabric and Apparel Science), University of Delhi. She has been an External Expert member on the Programmatic Review Panel at Limerick School of Art & Design, Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland.
She has also been a member of the Consultative Group constituted by the Registrar of Geographical Indications (GI).
She is widely travelled and has also visited a number of Fashion Institutes across Europe and USA for initiating International Linkages for NIFT. She has presented papers at International Conferences in London, Leeds and Brussels and a video based on her PhD work was screened at the PhD festival in Milan, Italy. She is currently guiding two PhD candidates at NIFT and has guided more than 60 Masters thesis at NIFT.
Dr. Sonal Dhir
Dr. Sonal Dhir, an alumnus of Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi was awarded her Ph.D. for her study on the revival of Mendh printing of Rajasthan. With over 7+ years of research on sustainable development of local handicrafts, textiles and intangible cultural heritage she is currently working as a freelance editor and writer besides conducting language development classes for young readers and writers. A former Research Associate at Craft Revival Trust Sonal has taught both at the university and school level.
Researcher and Author, is Professor of Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.
Minhazz Majumdar is a curator, writer and arts administrator who has over two decades of work experience in promoting folk and tribal cultures.
Craft Revival Trust
Chairperson: Ritu Sethi
Address- Craft Revival Trust
S-4 Khirki Extension
New Delhi – 110 017, India