Rta Kapur Chistidxcp
Author, Researcher & Design Developer, Taan Baan New Delhi
Rta Kapur Chisti is a recognized textile scholar, co-author and editor of the book, ‘Saris- tradition & beyond’ covering 15 states & the previously published ‘Saris of India’ volumes on Madhya Pradesh, Bihar & West Bengal as well as ‘Handcrafted Indian Textiles -Tradition and Beyond with Martand Singh & Rahul Jain’. She has been a contributing author to several other publications. As a writer and translator she has written of the life and work of craftspeople and scripted for films and exhibitions. She has been consistently involved with research and development of handspun-handwoven textiles from cultivation of the raw materials to all the hand processes involved to the weaving stage of saris, stoles, fabrics and home furnishing products. She is founder of the “Sari School” which produces saris & fabrics, organizes workshops for those who wish to learn the wonders of this unstitched garment & make it more relevant to their lives today. She has also collaborated with ‘The Daksha Sheth Dance Company’ to develop the production titled, ‘SARI’, a tribute to the process of turning by hand, raw material into a wondrous woven unstitched garment.