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Wednesday, 8th July, 2020

Rta Kapur Chisti

Rta Kapur Chisti

Rta Kapur Chishti is a recognised textile scholar, co-author and editor of Saris: Tradition Beyond, Covering 15 States, the previously published Saris of India volumes on Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal as well as Handcrafted Indian Textiles: Tradition and Beyond with Martand Singh and Rahul Jain. She has been a contributing author to several other publications. As a writer and translator, she has written of the life and work of craftspeople and scripted for films and exhibitions. She has been consistently involved with research and development of handspun-handwoven textiles. She is founder of the Sari School, which produces saris and fabrics, organises workshops for those who wish to learn the wonders of this unstitched garment and make it more relevant to their lives today. She has also collaborated with The Daksha Sheth Dance Company to develop the production titled SARI, a tribute to the process of turning by hand, raw material into a wondrous woven unstitched garment. As advisor, her and her colleagues Pallavi Verma and Mehak Kapur Chishti taught and supervised the wearing styles at the shoot for


The Sari:

Mukulika Banerjee and Malika Verma in conversation, introduced by Rta Kapur Chishti

A session that explores the beauty, adaptability and fluidity of India’s most iconic garment. Writer and anthropologist Mukulika Banerjee has co-authored The Sari. Malika Verma has spearheaded The Sari : An Anthropology of Drape. Together, they speak of their relationship and connection with the sari and it’s timeless history. Introduced by Rta Kapur Chishti.