Harita Kapur

Lecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability

School of Fashion + Sustainability

Harita holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Design from Massey University, New Zealand.

Her studies helped broaden her design thinking in this field and how a collaboration between design and craft can be a possible solution to address sustainability issues for both.

Harita Kapur is a research and design professional, with over 25 years of industry and independent work experience. She has been associated with Whitecliffe for 2 years and is currently working as a Lecturer in the Fashion Design Department. A master’s degree by research in Sustainable Design from Massey University, New Zealand, helped broaden her design thinking in the field of crafts and culture.

Prior to her move to New Zealand, she was the founding director of Artisans Cottage, a design and craft store and for over a decade she was involved with design for a more meaningful purpose by collaborating with indigenous craft communities and working with them at the grassroots to create sustainable livelihood options. She is passionate about art, design, culture, craft, and sustainable development and
has a deep understanding of the importance and potential of design to bring forth positive sustainable change. Her work over the years has always been focused on creating innovative collaborations and the development of research partnerships.

Having graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India in 1994, she has also been involved with academics as visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design (NID) and NIFT. Teaching has brought a sense of giving back what she has gained from her learning and has been a very satisfying experience.

Specialties: Curating, research on craft relationships, craft collaboration, design thinking, strategic planning, Sustainability, and lateral thinking, writing, researching, photography.

She loves dogs, listening to music and gardening.

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