Judy Frater

Panel: Empowering Women through the Revival of Traditional Embroidery in Afghanistan and Teaching Design and Business to Artisans in India
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Nov 10th
Ollantaytambo Conference Room

Judy Frater is Founder and Director of Somaiya Kala Vidya, a pioneering design and business school for traditional artisans, located in Kutch, India. Prior to that, she co-Founded Kala Raksha Trust, an enterprise for women artisans, which she guided for 20 years. Ms. Frater was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship in 2003, under which she founded Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya, the first design school for artisans. She directed KRV for 8 years. In 2009 she received the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education. She is author of Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris. Ms. Frater served as Associate Curator of the Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum, in Washington, DC from 1989-1992. She lectures widely, coordinates textile tours and workshops in India, and serves as consultant in South Asian collections to museums throughout the world.