Jaya Jaitly

Jaya Jaitly was educated in the UK, Burma, Japan, India and the USA.She has worked closely with India’s crafts persons to sustain traditional craft livelihoods and preserve India’s cultural heritage, since 1965. She founded the Dastkari Haat Samiti, a body of craftspeople, in 1986 and created Dilli Haat, a permanent crafts marketplace in Delhi in 1994. She has published several articles and books on crafts in India, with her most recent work being Life among the Scorpions – a memoir of a woman in Indian politics. She brings to all her public work important experiences and perceptions acquired from three decades in active politics and four decades in craft.