The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents the fifth segment of the digital lecture titled ‘Crafting Thought’. The series consists of six sessions, and has been conceptualised by Annapurna Garimella. This episode will feature Judy Frater.
Judy Frater is a social entrepreneur steeped in the world of contemporary textile artisans of Kutch. Her work emphasizes the value of artisan designers. Frater lived in Kutch for 30 years, during which she co-founded and operated Kala Raksha Trust, a cooperative for women embroiderers, established the Kala Raksha Textile Museum, and with an Ashoka Fellowship founded Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first design school for traditional artisans. In 2014, to expand the design education program to an institute, Frater joined the K.J. Somaiya Gujarat Trust to launch Somaiya Kala Vidya. Frater is the author of Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris and The Art of the Dyer in Kutch. Prior to residing in India, she was Associate Curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum, in Washington, DC.
The conversations in this series seeks to engage committed practitioners in a discussion about how they work to think.