About the Artist

Judy Frater is a curator, author, and school director who lived in the Kutch region in Northwest India for 30 years. She is an award-winning Ashoka Fellow, founded a design school for artisans, currently operating as Somaiya Kala Vidya, and co-founded the Kala Raksha Trust and Museum.


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Utilizing design thinking, students in “Cultural Diversity, Connection, Value, and Sustainability – the Role of Hand Craft” were exposed to important issues surrounding small-scale artisan production, value, and sustainability. Students developed valuable hands-on skills working with artisan partners through craft techniques, design, quality control, branding, and story-telling.

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