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Fashion designer David Abraham (of the fashion house Abraham & Thakore) in conversation with textiles designer and educator Aditi Ranjan, co-editor of Handmade in India, an encyclopedic record of craft traditions across the length and breadth of the country. The duo will talk of the adaptive and sustainable practices that have shaped Indian textiles and craft through time.
The session will also examine the need for contemporary Indian design to be aware of the knowledge that diverse living traditions in India offer, illustrated by Abraham & Thakore designs that create a modern vocabulary while drawing upon these rich histories.
In collaboration with the Museum of Art & Photography under the Creative Connections theme
David Abraham is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. He is the Creative Director of Abraham & Thakore, a well-known Indian fashion and home textiles brand. As a designer he is constantly searching for the simplest way to express complex design ideas. He also writes a fortnightly column on fashion and textiles called David in the Details for the online journal The Voice of Fashion.
Abraham & Thakore have been exhibited at The Fabric of India exhibition in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which also holds their designs in its permanent collection. Their work has also been exhibited in other exhibitions in London, Melbourne, Zurich, Mumbai and Delhi.
Aditi Ranjan is a textile designer, researcher and was a design teacher at the National Institute of Design (NID) from 1974 to 2012. She has an abiding interest in weave structure, fabric construction, documentation and research on textiles, craft, and the diverse material and visual culture of India. Author of Textile and Bamboo crafts of Northeast India (1983), she was also co-editor of Handmade in India (2007).
From 2011 to 2016 she was engaged in a research project on the textile traditions of the Northeastern Region of India, under the aegis of the Outreach Programmes at NID and commissioned by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Delhi. She has also recently curated a private collection of saris and shawls for the textile gallery at the House of M G, a heritage resort in Ahmedabad.