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Neelam Raina speaks at The Fabric of India Conference
7 Nov, Courtauld Institute, London

Neelam Raina speaks at The Fabric of India Conference

Day 2 'The Politics of Craft'

Dr Neelam Raina, Senior Lecturer Fashion and Interiors, presents a paper at the The Fabric of India Conference - Day 2 'The Politics of Craft', Courtauld Institute, Day 2 of Fabric of India Conference on 7th Nov 2015, 11am-6pm.

The conference accompanies The Fabric of India exhibition at the V & A Museum. Day 2 at The Courtauld, titled The Politics of Craft, will discuss the way the textile industry has shaped contemporary art and politics in India. It will take place in two parts, with 30-minute papers in each section. The first session, convened by Dr Jahnavi Phalkey, will focus on textiles and technology. The second part, convened by Professor Deborah Swallow and Zehra Jumabhoy, will tackle the use of textiles in contemporary Indian art. Both will discuss how ‘Indian’ textiles have played a part in defining – and problematising – notions of cultural and national identity. The event will culminate with a panel discussion including all the speakers, followed by a reception.

Dr Raina's paper is titled 'Identity, Tacit knowledge and Ambition – The Shifting Values of Craft':

The politics of craft in all its manifestations: as the gatekeeper of tradition, as the provider of incomes, a source of knowledge and a perceived barrier to technology, but above all the creator of identity through representation shall be discussed in this paper. It focuses on Muslim craftswomen in post-conflict Kashmir and the role crafts plays in generating income for them. Crafts and working within them have changed the lives of women who have borne the impact of the conflict in Kashmir: Their new and changed roles as head of their families and income earners have had deep repercussions for them and their families. The paper thereby examines the potential role of design in economic development of conflict areas, with a special focus on women.