We believe that access to knowledge is the basis of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (InCH) of the knowledge and practice of the traditional hand crafts, textiles, folk and tribal arts, and the bearers and practitioners of these oral knowledge systems.

Launched in 1999, this encyclopedia is an initiative of the Craft Revival Trust a not-for-profit, non-government organization.

The constantly expanding Encyclopedia is a work-in-progress. It features information on the makers, the techniques, processes and vocabulary of the intangible cultural heritage of Asia. The encyclopedia also provides a listing of museums and organizations dedicated to the conservation and promotion of this sector, case studies of prior experiments in cultural and socio-economic development, a bibliography, and a glossary of terms, useful links, amongst many other features. Today, www.AsiaInCH.org is the largest available archive of its kind online.

The site also hosts a Quarterly Journal dedicated to bringing new thought, information and work in the realm of the intangible heritage to the fore. The content is sourced from a wide, credible and knowledgeable network from across the world and is recognized for its width of topics and authentic texts see (Contributors list). As a current and open-source platform, the journal serves as a forum for advocacy and empowerment and is now widely acknowledged as a platform for change.

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RITU SETHI, Chairperson, and Editor of the Craft Revival encyclopedia. Has conceptualized programs and lead the CRT team since 1999. She has Chaired the UNESCO Consultative Body examining nominations to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World lists in need of urgent safeguarding; is on the Steering Committee for the 12th Five year Plan, Planning Commission, Govt. of India; Board Member, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Samiti, (National Museum of Man) Bhopal; Member; besides several other bodies. She has spoken in innumerable forums in India and overseas on intangible heritage, the practitioners and bearers. She is an advocate on issues relating to the sector.
GULSHAN NANDA, Trustee, has worked for over five decades in marketing Indian handicrafts and textiles. She retired as the (Hon) Chairperson of Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Since 2000 she has worked on the research and advocacy activities of CRT. She was a Member of the Planning Commission Steering Committee for Handloom and Handicrafts for the 12th Five Year plan, and Chairperson of the working group on Handicrafts. She has been awarded the Padma Shree by the Government of India for her services to the craft Sector.

SISEL PETER, Director, IT and Projects is a graduate who excels in his domain. The mainstay and developer behind the entire web based technology, its up gradation and development, besides engaging his skills in every assignment undertaken by CRT since its inception. He is married and has a baby daughter.

SONAL GAUR, Project Manager, holds a Masters degree in Science from Lady Irwin College. A qualified UGC-NET scholar, and an honor graduate, her thesis on “Digitized Documentation System for Museum Textile Collection: A Prototype”, has been accepted as a recognized system for document digitization. A trained conservator and museologist, she was a class topper of Applied Physical Sciences in 2008 and received the Rashmi Paliwal Award for second position in B. Sc Home Science (Hon) FA. Sonal is a passionate advocate of the crafts, textiles and its makers, its connection to the future and the need to create a pedagogy of learning for the young and disseminate its knowledge. She is a skilled researcher, documenter, photographer and planner. Her duties at CRT include work on the web encyclopaedia, research on crafts, textile arts and the makers, policy matters, program planning, organising talks and seminars, besides other projects. Her interests are research, reading and writing.

YOGENDER KUMAR, Manager, Finance and Accounts, ensures that all financial aspects and standards are meticulously maintained.

RAVINDER NATH, Assistant - Administration has been associated with CRT since 2004. He is responsible for general office administration. His hobbies include listening to Hindi songs, cooking, sewing and gardening.

We can be contacted at:

Craft Revival Trust
S-4 Khirki Extension
New Delhi-110 017
Tel: +91 11 29545015
Email: mail@craftrevival.org

Should you require any further information, please feel free to email us.

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