Welcome to the Winter- Spring Issue of the Asia InCH Journal.

The articles in this issue seek to engage our wide and diverse audience, sparking informed and productive debate on the intangible cultural heritage landscape.

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Ritu Sethi

Exploring the Digital Frontier:
Creating the Ngarluma Map

 Sharmila Wood

Curator, FORM, Australia

The Spirit of Craft


Founder-Trustee, Makha; Dastkar Andhra

Cultural Investing: Artisans, Livelihoods and the Indian Context 

Carolyn Jongeward

Senior Research Fellow, York University

Recycling of Textile Waste in Small Clusters

Varsha Gupta
Associate Professor and Chairperson, Master of Design Program, NIFT

Some Thoughts On The Future Of Tradition

Dr. Krishen K Kak

writer, editor, and teacher

The Evolution of Mithila Painting

David Szanton
President, Ethnic Arts Foundation

Tale of Napasar : A Quest for Identity of Handloom Weavers

Anu Sharma
Assistant Professor, NIFT

Jewellery of Bangladesh


Fraying threads – The Telia Rumal Of Andhra Pradesh

Janaki Turaga

Paper Art - Hand Paper Making -Dezo


Use of Gold in Textiles

Divya Singhal
PhD scholar

Camel Skin Craft Pakistan


Clay - Traditional Material for Making Handicrafts

Dr. Charu Smita Gupta
Museum Expert

Gyan Chaupar: A Simple Way of Teaching

Anamika Pathak
Curator, National Museum of India


 Debanjali Banerjee
Assistant Professor, NIFT, Kolkata

Conurbation of Zari Craftsmen at Varanasi

Kirti Pandey


Directory Listing of Practitioners

NOW available addresses of over 60,000 weavers & practitioners working in more than 880 crafts categories across India..

Woven Textiles - Pakistan

Craft Revival Trust

Visual Directory

View a photo gallery and visual documentation of some of the leading crafts of India...

Learning & Activity Center

A hands on guide on how to use simplified craft processes to produce interesting creations. Easy to master the skills and techniques...


Ashoke Chatterjee

Former Executive Director, NID

In praise of the real thing – Some thoughts on IPR and GI

Ritu Sethi
Chairperson, Craft Revival Trust

The Depiction of Sacred Trees on the Kanthas of Bengal

Paola Manfredi
Anthropologist, designer, product developer

'THIS IS OURS': Rabari Tradition and Identity in a Changing World

Judy Frater
Ashoka Fellow, Founder-Director Somaiya Kala Vidya.

Dyeing of Silk Yarn with Lac and Indigo

Atish Mukherjee
Director, Eco-N-Viron Enterprise

From the Ocean of Indian Folk Stories: Two Books on the Birth of Bamboo

Minhazz Majumdar
Writer & Curator

An Annotated Bibliography on Tharu Folk Art Nepal

Kurt and Pamela Meyer

writers and researchers, Art and culture of the Tharu people of Nepal.

Border Crossing – Kotpad Weaves

Janaki Turaga


Handmade Paper of Laos

Painted Fables -The Panchatantra interpreted through Art - Curatorial Note

Ritu Sethi
Chairperson, Craft Revival Trust

Cotton cloth as continuity- The power of handloom

Founder-Trustee, Makha; Dastkar Andhra

Handloom Weaving Sri Lanka


Maldives Jewellery

Kundan Jewellery from Jaipur - A Photo Essay


Gongadi blankets of Deccani Wool from Andhra Pradesh

Kayhan Irani
Community arts practitioner

Development of Printing in Rajasthan: Reflections

Sonal Gaur

Phd Scholar


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