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Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Somerville, MA, United States

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since July 24, 2009

I am the designer, web-coordinator, marketing strategist and one of the founding members of Kara Weaves. We work with local government weaving co-operative societies to re-design and re-promote this traditional craft from Kerala, India. I have two MFA degrees, one from l'ESAG Paris, France and the other from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA. I have also had extensive experience working for a design studio called Illum Design Project in New Delhi, India and teaching design at the Grand Valley State University.

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The Kara Story

Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


Kara Weaves is re-born every summer. I am not sure how, but it seems to be the case. Let me backtrac...

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Human Rights Final Poster 11 of 25


Posted August 08, 2008
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My Work Samples / View all (4) Work Samples

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Kara Weaves was born out of the felt need to give an impetus to the struggling handloom industry in Kerala, India. This first-of-its-kind attempt in Kerala hopes to bridge the gap between this traditional weaving art form and a contemporary lifestyle. Our product portfolio includes bath towels, bath robes, spa kits and several other bath items like these. We also include a range of soft furnishings in a coton and metallic weave. We started this project in 2005, our online store went live in August 2007, and so far we have had a very enthusiastic response from an international community of shoppers!

A creative venture with a social cause, working with Kerala handloom cottons

Contact Chitra Gopalakrishnan
Kara Weaves

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design