Iti Tyagi is the founder of Craft Village and India Craft Week. She has studied Fashion Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and Interior Design from KLC School of Design, London. In her career that spans two decades, she has designed for brands like Nieman Marcus, Pottery Barn, M&S, Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Bombay Company. She was honoured with the prestigious 'Magicka Woman Achievers Award' in 2015 and 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' - the highest civilian honour for women - by the President of India in 2019.
A graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and professor at NID, Ahmedabad for a decade, Somesh is the former Director of the Institute of Apparel Management (IAM). He also holds the position of Senior Advisor at Co-Creando, Italy. He has many design patents to his credit – Paunch Proof, I-Shops, Fashion Clinics, and Folding Helmets. His innovations have been covered by world media including TIME Magazine, New York Times, The Times (London), The Standard (China), The Times of India, Hindustan Times, USA Today, BBC, CNN, and AajTak.
Abhishek Chouhan is a Business Management and Marketing professional from IMT Ghaziabad; accredited by Google, Facebook, and Yahoo for digital campaigns. He started his one and a half decade long career as a banker with Barclays before he took a major leap of interest from banking to the digital world by joining giants likesYahoo and Google. Abhishek turned into a craftprenuer trying to build an ecosystem for the preservation of crafts. Skilled at planning & managing online media campaigns from inception to delivery and has worked with cross-functional teams across geographies to ensure efficient delivery. Advanced successful multi-million dollars digital campaigns globally for brands like Microsoft, Moserbaer, LG, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, and Pearl Academy and many more. Proudly sailed a successful Google certified digital media marketing company having multi-million dollars of credit line by Google.
From starting out as a copywriter in advertising agencies, like Young & Rubicam and Havas Worldwide, to co-founding two media agencies, Ufaan.org & Forest Communications; from teaching advertising & journalism students at Marwah Studios & Apparel House to contributing his stories & opinions on India’s First Online LGBT Magazine, Pink Pages, Vikram’s career has spanned across a multitude of genres over the last decade. He has collaborated with NGOs to address largely neglected social issues in a manner that they have reached a vast majority of people in India & the world. With powerful scripts & insightful videos, Vikram has created content that has pushed the envelope with both national & international media. With a deep understanding of English, Hindi, & Urdu languages, Vikram has built images for start-ups that have emerged into luxury brands & IPs of global repute. He has also designed & developed unconventional, digitally relevant content strategies.
Erroll Pires Nelson has devoted his whole life to the unique art of “Ply-split braiding”, a traditional technique utilized to make camel belts, containers of joy, belts and soft boards. He has refined, transformed, and reinvented its usage for over 30 years in what some would call an obsessive dedication, purposefully refusing the boundary between art and object. Mr Nelson is trained as a textile designer from the National Institute of Design. He taught at NID from 1984 to 2011. Using recycled industrial yarn and his exceptionally long thumbnails, Master Errol creates magic as he deftly locks and interlocks one twisted cord through another.
Dr Himadri Ghosh was the Former Academic Head at NID, Ahmedabad, and Former Director at NIFT-TEA. He has been a veteran of the Indian Textile Industry and Education for more than five decades. He has also served as the Director of Banasthali Institute of Design (BID) at Banasthali University, Rajasthan. He has played a significant role on the most important committees & boards of Govt. of India on forming policies for the Textile, Apparel, Craft and Handloom Sectors. He has written many books, papers, and has done thousands of presentations during his academic career at various Universities and Institutions around the world.