Paresh has a keen interest in the arts & craft sector, and has been an integral part of the Khamir team since its inception in 2005. He currently holds the position of Design Manager. He has led coordination of research and documentation of the leather artisan communities of Kachchh for Rohi.
Dipesh is a commerce graduate with extensive experience of working with artisan communities. With an interest in collecting stories of artisan lives, he has been a key mentor for the Rohi exhibition.
Srishti is a craft product designer and facilitator at Khamir. Her interest in craft cultures has led her to travel many parts of India to map and documenting handicraft stories. She has lived in Kachchh for 1.5 years, building on her specialization in hard goods. For Rohi, Srishti has led research on traditional leather products and techniques in Kachchh.
Having completed a specialization in Ceramics at IICD, clay is the prime material of Niraj's work. Learning from this beautiful and easily moldable material, he has always been open to all new explorations in other crafts and materials as well. He has been at Khamir for the past two years. His research focus for the Rohi exhibition has been on techniques of leather making and tanning.
Kasturi is a Mumbai-based filmmaker. She has been at Khamir for the last year, photographing the pastoral lifestyle of the Maldharis and archiving projects like recycled plastic weaving and blockprinting. For Rohi, she is creating a film on the leather artisans’ cultural evolution. Prior to moving to Bhuj, Kasturi worked for NABARD to film agricultural innovation across India. She is a passionate traveler, and is continually fascinated and inspired by rural India.
As an AIF Clinton Fellow, Ambika consults Khamir on their brand and digital communications. She developed the Rohi exhibition brand, graphic materials, and website. Prior to moving to Bhuj, Ambika was a design strategist in Brooklyn, where she helped leading humanitarian organizations share their stories. She has long been drawn to the handicrafts of India, and loves exploring the artistic expressions of Kachchh.
Jyothirmayee Bommana, a young interior designer based in Bangalore feels that, “creativity arises from an intent vision and a flowering heart.” For Rohi, she created an illustrative space that highlights the leather artisans' passion for their craft. Her love for nature constantly aspires her in expressing through poetry, sketching and performance art.