Chanda Shroff

2006 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
India, 1933-2016

shroffchanda@gmail.com

Crafting a future for Kutch’s ancient treasures

July 12, 2016

Since 1969, Chanda Shroff has made it her life’s mission to preserve the traditional techniques of hand embroidery from Kutch in western India, while raising the social and economic status of the women who practise this intricate craft. After almost five decades, she has finally succeeded in...

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Beauty among the rigors of Kutch

December 20, 2012

Over 40 years ago, an Indian woman on a famine relief mission in an isolated part of her country was inspired by the intricate beauty and rich colours of the handcraft of local women. “these women, who lived under the stars and roamed the deserts, countered the...

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A guide for future generations

December 6, 2010

The dramatic and intricate embroidery of village women in an isolated region of India has been documented in a lavishly illustrated book that will serve as a guide for future generations of embroiderers. Under the Embroidered Sky: Embroidery of the Ahirs of Kutch, which was recently...

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Embroidering the future

November 30, 2009

For the past 40 years, Chanda Shroff has headed an organization that helps women in some of India’s most severely drought-affected villages to use their traditional skills to sustain themselves. Shrujan is a non-profit organization focused on reviving the craft of Kutch embroidery, a unique and rich tradition that...

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