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Upasana Divakar

MA work

Tactile Shimmer

Touch: the fundamental sensation that defines and differentiates the real from the unreal. Hence the tactile quality of each object provides a quintessential experience of its very existence and an insight into its identity. 

Capturing the essence of light against darkness and registering its movement has always intrigued me. This fascination led me to develop a series of light paintings, where I created an illusion of movement of light through movement of my camera. These paintings inspired me to capture the essence of illusionary visual experience and transform it into a tangible real experience through my work, thereby offering my audience a chance to experience the unreal through real. The collection begins by triggering visual modality and ends by the tickling sensory modality of touch. It playfully materialises itself from something virtual to something tangible.

The execution of this idea is made on the very fundamental grammar of traditional Indian woven techniques albeit with a twist of contemporary sensibilities. Traditional weaving techniques like inlay and cut-work are used to execute this concept along with foil printing to add  quirks of modern aesthetics to the collection.


  • Upasana Divakar
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2014


    Woven Textile

  • I am a textile designer who has chosen traditional techniques as a medium of contemporary expression. A keen traveler who is fascinated by culture and who loves working with varied crafts integrated in it. I let my creations have their own say while they are being created  and hence create  a very organic yet unique experience around each one of them. As a designer I aim to bridge the gap between my traditional heritage of crafts and a contemporary aesthetic and market. I would love to work with craftsmen and help them connect their unique creations on the loom to the globe. 

  • Degrees

  • Graduate Diploma in Textile Design from National Institute of Design, India, 2011; Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise, DELF
  • Experience

  • Textile researcher and associate designer, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, 2011–2012; Textile designer, Studio Akaaro, 2010–2011; Menswear design intern, Arvind Mills
  • Exhibitions

  • NEW BEAT + ENERGY NEXUS: International Shibori Design Exhibition, Foshan Zumiao Museum (Ancestral Temple), 2012; New Beat International Student Concours, 8th International Shibori Sympossium, Hong Kong, 2011; 1:1.6, Capsule, Paris, 2011; 1:1.6, Alchemy, London, 2011; 1:1.6, Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, 2011
  • Awards

  • Silver Award, New Beat International Student Concours 8th International Shibori Sympossium, Hong Kong, 2011