The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Judy Frater as the spring 2022 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. In the course “Cultural Diversity, Connection, Value, and Sustainability – the Role of Hand Craft,” students will explore the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, co-design textiles with artisans in India, and exhibit their inspirations and designs in the Lynn Mecklenburg Gallery. They will learn about small-scale artisan production, value, and sustainability.
Zakiya Adil Khatri’s father, a batik artist, treated boys and girls equally. Zakiya practiced batik in the workshop when the artisans weren’t around. In 2013, she took design courses atKala Raksha Vidhyalaya (KRV). “Women do the work and men get the credit,” she said. In 2017, Zakiya traveled to Cusco, Peru to present to an international gathering of women artisans. “Education is everything,” she said, and the audience applauded. “The first thing is that women in India face great obstacles,” she said. “An Indian woman can succeed only if her father-and husband-support her.”
Irfan Anwar Khatri learned block printing when he was fifteen. When his father passed away suddenly, Irfan assumed responsibility for the home and business at the age of 22.In 2007, he traveled to UK. “I saw craft as a means of cross-cultural communication,” he said. He has since traveled to Indonesia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Dubai, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China to attend conferences and conduct workshops.
Adil Mustak Khatri revived his family tradition.After twelfth grade, he learned bandhani, then took design courses at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya (KRV) to learn more. Through his work and design he pushes boundaries in bandhani and shibori. He received the World Crafts Council seal of excellence. In 2020, Adil was juried into the highly competitive International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.
Prakash Naran Siju’s family is one of a very few who have made flat weave carpets for several generations. Prakash learned carpet weaving from his father, and now has nearly a decade and a half of experience. He stands out as a leader in craft community, now mentoring young weavers in his village of Bhujodi.
The Center for South Asia hosts a talk with Judy Frater on the residency and the upcoming exhibition Coming Together: Culturally Inspired Creation on Thursday, April 14 from noon-1 p.m. at 206 Ingraham Hall.