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Founder & Chairperson, DASTKAR Society for Crafts & Craftspeople
Laila Tyabji is a craft designer, writer, and Chairperson of DASTKAR, the craft NGO she helped found, working with grassroots artisans all over India for over four decades.
Many of her most rewarding projects involve creating new livelihood avenues through craft for pastoral & marginalised rural communities – bonded labour in Bihar, displaced villages in Ranthambhore, the tribals in Orissa, victims of insurgency in Kashmir.
Laila studied art in Baroda and Japan, and worked previous to DASTKAR as a freelance designer in textiles, graphics, interiors and the theatre.