In recent times key exponents of crafts have attempted to correct this wrongly skewed view of the world. Some of these iconic voices are: Ela Bhatt, Founder of SEWA; Laila Tyabji, Chairperson of Dastkar; Runa Banerjee, Founder, SEWA Lucknow; Jaya Jaitly, Founder, Dastkari Haat Samiti; Vijaya Rajan, Purnima Rai and Gita Ram of Crafts Council of India; Uzramma, Founder of Dastkar Andhra, amongst others. This exhibit draws inspiration from these leading ladies and brings to light some of the work done by craftspeople and textile artisans who are part of some of the organisations that these ladies have helped create. While showcasing their work we traverse across the country, grass by grass, yarn by yarn and weave together the vibrant fabric of Indian crafts. A continuing heritage that has never been as much danger as in the last 20 years. Entire communities of traditional makers are opting out of crafts and textiles to be unskilled workers or migrant labourers. What we see here are some of the rare success stories and some who have with luck and sheer determination remained true to their heritage.These photographs are part of the collection of JD Centre of Art (JDCA). The vision of JDCA is
to preserve and promote traditional and contemporary art, without boundaries. It has a collection consisting of contemporary art, traditional art, craft and textile, films and publications. At the JDCA we are keen to tell the stories of the people and places behind the collection.