Crafting a Foundation: Context, Practice, and Potential
September 6, 2022 — In the first session of Asia Society India's In Practice: New Vocabularies for Craft series, a panel of art experts discusses the craft economy post-pandemic — the intricacies of the craft sector, histories and contemporary practices, and potential for the future of creative industries in the region. The participants included art historian and designer Annapurna Garimella; visual artist, textile designer, researcher, and educationist Noorjehan Bilgrami; and self-taught Kalighat painter Kalam Patua. Ritu Sethi, founder of the Craft Revival Trust and member of Asia Society India Centre’s advisory council for arts and culture, moderated the conversation. (1 hr., 14 min.)
This series brings together art-makers, entrepreneurs, collectors, designers, and other stakeholders from the crafts and vernacular arts sectors in India and South Asia. It aims to act as a platform for building awareness about contemporary craft and vernacular artistic traditions.