The Textile Arts Council presents a lecture by Judy Frater.
Kutch is a desert "island" in northwest India, surrounded by the salt march Rann and the Arabian Sea. Here, a rich range of distinctive textile traditions have thrived until today. Kala Raksha, a grass roots social enterprise co-founded by Judy Frater, has worked with weavers, block printers, bandhani artisans and especially embroiderers of Kutch for two decades to nurture their creative capacity.
Through her anthropological perspective Ms. Frater will use the experience of Kala Raksha to explore the dynamic relationship between fashion and tradition, and examine how mutual influence shaped and reflected changing identity among traditional embroidery artisans of Kutch. Judy Frater is Project Director of Kala Raksha, which promotes traditional crafts of this area through a design school, Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, and markets the work of local artisans under the Artisan Design trademark to certify the maker’s unique creation and further the concept of intellectual property. Ms. Frater will be accompanied by two Rabari nomadic women, embroiders and camel herders.