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    Craft Design

    A Free Career Conversation Session on Craft Design with Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD)

    Sunday, December 20th, 11 AM to 12 noon


    Unherd in association with Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD), one of the leading institutes for teaching crafts in India is conducting a free Career Conversation Session on Craft Design for high-schoolers
    (13-18-year-olds) on Sunday, December 20th at 11 AM.

    The program will introduce students to the world of career possibilities in Craft Design and bring awareness about the lucrative scope the craft sector provides.



    Get introduced to the professional lives of craft designers. Talk to experts about their careers, workdays, salary, and more.


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    Interact with designers to learn how studying crafts gave them an edge and made an impact on their careers.


    The Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur is an autonomous institute set up by the Government of Rajasthan in the year 1995 to act as a catalyst of change in the craft sector. Through this impact initiative, IICD and Unherd India are collaborating to introduce the craft profession among the youth of the country and bring new life to the languishing crafts of India.

    Mariyam Khatri

    Mariyam Khatri, a sustainability expert at Adidas, specialises in textiles. She graduated in textiles from IICD and recently completed her masters in Fashion and Sustainability from University of the Arts, London (UAL). Finding her passion at the intersection point between fashion, art and crafts; she is a fashion thinker. Currently, she is working at Adidas, London and is also forming a craft-based brand in New Delhi keeping sustainability at the heart of her projects.

    Alka Sharma

    Alka Sharma, the founder of the label, Aavaran enrolled herself in the Indian Institute of Crafts and Designs, with special focus on textile designing. Pretty keen on restoring and sustaining the indigenous craft of Dabu (a form of hand-block printing) from Rajasthan, Alka took it upon herself to not only give the dying craft-form a second life, but also to revive the indigo-dyeing practice of Akola near Udaipur. She has also managed to employ more than 100 people in the design and production departments, and has empowered more than 200 women across four independently run training centres in Rajasthan.

    Sanjay Garg

    Sanjay Garg, the founder of the celebrity-favorite brand Raw Mango has been instrumental in the revival of a number of Indian textiles such as chanderi, brocade, mashru, chikankari. His innovations are grounded in tradition and suffused with opinions rooted in India’s dynamic cultural and political landscape. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Craft & Design (IICD), and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Garg is a vocal textile advocate whose designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and at the Victoria Albert Museum (London).

    Prof Meenakshi Singh

    Prof. Meenakshi Singh the session coordinator has taught at NID in the area of Textile and Apparel Design before moving to IICD as one of founding faculty members. She is the Ex Dean Academics of IICD and has been involved with IICD since the inception of the education program in 1999. She has done several projects with the Khadi and NGO sector and also in the craft retail sector with organizations like FabIndia, Rajasthali, and The Palace Atelier, at the MSMS Museum, City Palace, Jaipur. She is currently working in the area of Sustainability and Sustainable Development.

    Note: This is a session for high-school students (13-18-year-olds) in India to get introduced to a career in Craft Design. No certificate will be provided for attending this session. The program does not guarantee a student any admission or promotion to any Design institutions.

    Got a question?

    How much does it cost?

    The session is absolutely free for all students. Selection for this session will be based on application and student interest. Results with invitation details will be shared with the selected students 4 days before the session.

    Who is eligible?

    The program is for high-schoolers studying in grades 8 to 12 who are curious about a career in Design or wish to learn about Craft Design as a profession. Parents are welcome too, however, the child is encouraged to attend.

    When is the session?

    The session is planned on Zoom for Sunday, December 20th from 11 AM to 12 noon IST.

    Confused about a career?

    Unherd offers mentorship classes on diverse potential careers, for 13 to 18 year-olds, based on their current interest, potential and skillsets.