Swasti Singh Ghai

Swasti Singh Ghai has been teaching at NID since June 2006. Currently the Discipline lead of Textile Design, she has been teaching across Textile and Design Foundation programme. Design for social development, ethnography, sustainability in textile-crafts and intersection of design, craft and culture are her main areas of interest. Swasti has been offering inputs and anchoring design projects related to these areas. She has recently concluded the compilation of a 2 volume set of documents on textile traditions of Arunachal Pradesh, where she worked in capacity of a State Head in an Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) sponsored seven year project, supported by Outreach Programme Department, NID.

Swasti completed the four year School Leavers Professional Education Programme at NID in 1999 and specialised in Textile Design. Prior to joining NID as a faculty, she has worked as a design facilitator with NGOs like Udyogini, Delhi and grass root organizations such as URMUL Marusthali Bunkar Vikas Samiti (UMBVS), URMUL Trust, Srajamyaham and community based initiatives in the desert districts of Rajasthan and Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) Gujarat. She has worked with research teams of International Labour Organisation (ILO), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), and Tearfund towards contributing to better integration of culture and development. She has been a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Craft and Design (IICD), Jaipur and at Kalaraksha Vidyalaya (now Somaiya Kalavidya), a design school for artisans, in Kutch.

swasti[at]nid [dot]edu

Responsibilities

  • Discipline Lead, Textile Design
  • Head, Centre for Teaching & Learning (CTL)