Harita Kapur MDes


Email: haritak@whitecliffe.ac.nz
Room: Main - Fashion Studio

Harita Kapur 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 has been studying craft and culture in India since 2004 and is the founding director of Artisans Cottage, a collaborative platform for an exchange of creative ideas between the design and craft communities from across India.

Harita has been involved with design for a more meaningful purpose by building connections with indigenous craft communities and working with them at the grassroots level to create sustainable livelihood options through design collaborations. She has used her passion for art, design, culture, craft, and social development to create sustainable design processes by linking artisan communities to developed markets through her craft store. Throughout her work, she has developed a deep understanding towards the importance and potential of design to bring forth positive sustainable change. Harita's work focuses on creating innovative collaborations and the development of research partnerships.

Having graduated in Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi) in 1994, she has been involved with academics as visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design (NID) and NIFT. Besides being involved in teaching human centred design concepts related to the textile and fashion departments, she was involved in the creative direction for the programs including curriculum development, collaborative projects between the university and industry and mentoring and supervising students by guiding them through their design concepts, research methodology and final studio practice. Harita has been on the jury panel for both the institutions as an external industry member.