Pankaja Sethi

Biography

Pankaja

Pankaja Sethi is a textile designer and researcher working with Adivasi women and weavers of Odisha over ten years. She studied Textile Designing from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi in 2001 and started working in New Delhi for five years in home furnishing sector. Pankaja started volunteering for women’s SHG in Jharkhand with Santhal women and Sujuni folkartists in Bihar in 2005. She decided to return to her native state in 2006 to experiment with weaving tradition and later studied MA in Social Anthropology from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2009-10) to continue her research interest in indigenous textiles.
Honours Sahapedia- UNESCO Fellowship 2017 on bark textiles of Gadaba Adivasi women.
Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at Victoria & Albert Museum Fellow- 2017 on bark cloth of Mahima Dharma, Odisha
Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at Victoria & Albert Museum Fellow -2015 on the quilting tradition of Ganjam, Odisha
National Folklore Support Centre- Dorabji Tata Fellowship- 2012 on Dongria Kondh textile
Asian Feminism and Transnational Activism –Ewha Global Empowerment Program, Seoul-2012
Nehru Trust for the Indian Collection at Victoria & Albert Museum Fellow -2010 on Kotpad natural dye textiles of Odisha.

Designer Contact: +91 - 9437500502 | pankaja.sethi@gmail.com?