Shradha Kochhar (b. Delhi, India) is a textile artist, designer and educator based in New York. Best known for her home spun and hand knitted ‘khadi’ sculptures using indigenous cotton strains to India and the US, her work is at the intersection of sustainability, regenerative craft and racial equity through textiles. Focusing on generating a physical archive of personal and collective south asian narratives linked to women’s work and invisible labor, the work unravels the words ‘cotton’, ‘cloth’, ‘colonialism’ and community’.
Over the years, Kochhar has worked as a consultant for brands like Tory Burch, Collina Strada, Marshall Columbia, ASHISH amongst others and teaches both as a part time faculty as well as guest faculty at Polimoda, Florence, Central Saint Martins, London, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and Parsons School of Design, New York.
Kochhar received her MFA in Textiles from Parsons School of Design, New York. She has been an artist in residence at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is a Dorothy Waxman Textile Excellence Prize and Van Lier Fellowship Finalist. She has been awarded the John L. Tishman Environment and Design Award for Excellence and has been featured in Paper Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Crafts Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and others.
She is the founder and creative director of Imli Dana, an independent textile studio with a focus towards generational textile techniques and celebrating the labor associated with it. Kochhar is also the co-founder of LOTA – A turnkey solution towards a sustainable and scalable system to recycle pre-consumer textile waste efficiently by using 3D digital technology in supply chains and retail experiences. It is also behind India’s first CGI model.