Founder of Craft Village, she is an alumnus of NIFT and KLC School of Design, London. She has worked with cluster development projects of Govt. of India, and has been active in helping Artisans and Craftsman finding new work opportunities. On International Women’s Day, She has been recently conferred with “Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018”, the highest civilian award for women in the Nation by Govt. of India for her outstanding contribution towards women’s empowerment. She also is a recipient of Women Entrepreneur Award by Business World Magazine for 2019.
“It was an amazing experience to work alongside this great artist. Bhajju is such an endearing person, his simplicity and down to earth persona really moved me. And what an incredible imagination he has which he puts down on paper with amazing talent. The balance of colours and intricate detailing were a delight to watch. So happy to be part of this workshop. Yashashri Shukla, IAS Officer
“Craft Village is a beautiful place for experiential learning of crafts in an organic natural environment. It is a wonderful space that would help free flow of ideas and creativity. It has a wonderful library collection and an inspiring space. It is a beautiful project and I am sure with Iti's vision and Mr. Somesh's extensive experience, it will grow and prosper to give future generations an exposure and passion for crafts, and provide sustainable growth to the crafts itself. Dr. Anupama Pasricha, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Apparel Merchandising & Design, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, USA
Errol Pires Neilson, Advisor
Erroll Pires, the world renowned Camel Braiding Master and former NID Faculty has dedicated his life for this particular Craft creating the first ever “Seamless Garment” that even machines couldn’t produce so far. Erroll has served as Principal Designer & Textiles Faculty at NID for 27 years
Dr. Himadri Ghosh, Advisor
Textile genius Dr. Himadri Ghosh has been the veteran of Indian Textile Industry and education for more than 4 decades. he has been head of various positions at NID, Ahmedabad besides being Director of NIFT TEA.
Craft Village is a social organisation (a member of World Craft Council-APR, Res-Artis, Netherlands, and Residency Unlimited, New York) based out of New Delhi, working for the training and promotion of Craft Sector. In last 4-years it has trained more than 10000+ Urban & Global population through Rare & Exclusive Craft Workshops, including learners from countries like Singapore, Indonesia, USA, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Europe and many others, which has helped not only Indian crafts to build an interface with global consumers but also increased demands of craft & cultural products. The various activities helped 100's of Craft Forms and thousands of Artisans to get a chance to connect with modern consumers, Industry and Craft Patrons. Government recognised Craft Village for its innovative approach for bringing newer talents and connecting traditional crafts with modern consumers. Craft Village has impacted more than lives of 2-million people directly & indirectly, while connecting metros & Tier-2 cities with Rural India. Craft Village has been established to bridge the gap between rural & urban communities; the objective is to provide a platform for learning and sharing Rare & Exclusive Traditional Crafts, which finally helps in upliftment of Craftsman and their communities. The initiative has been taken to educate children in their formative years to understand the importance of Crafts in nation building, livelihood, social inclusion & sustainable culture besides giving major source of employment to millions of people.
Co-Founder of Craft Village, he is also a NIFT Alumni, Former Director & Member (Board of Governors), IAM (under AEPC sponsored by Ministry of Textiles & member of IAF & ICSID), Former Apparel Head, National Institute of Design (NID, under DIPP, Ministry of Industry), Ahmedabad & Innovation & Design from University of California, Berkley, USA)
A Member, NVEQF for Apparel Sector, AICTE (under MHRD) & Sub-Committee on Fashion & Textile Education, MoT, Govt of India