Aarti Kawlra

Bio: 

Aarti Kawlra is a social anthropologist and currently Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi. She was formerly at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden where she was part of the research cluster on critical heritage. She has had a long engagement with India’s ‘continuing craft traditions’ discursively constructed as folk and tribal art, vernacular design, indigenous knowledge, ethnic costume/fashion and cultural heritage. She has published in Design Issues (MIT Press), Fashion Theory, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: South Asia and South East Asia (Berg Publishers), Global Textile Encounters (Oxbow Books,forthcoming), and Feminist Visions of the Network Society (Zubaan, forthcoming) among others.

Research: 

Social anthropology. Politics of crafts and in particular, the “handloom” in India.

Selected publications: 

She has published in Design Issues (MIT Press), Fashion Theory, Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: South Asia and South East Asia (Berg Publishers), Global Textile Encounters (Oxbow Books, forthcoming), and Feminist Visions of the Network Society (Zubaan, forthcoming) among others. She is currently working on a book manuscript focusing on a community of silk handloom sari weavers in south-east India and a research proposal on the mobilities of craft in the Asian context.