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Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Somerville, MA, United States

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since July 24, 2009

  • 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 backtrack a little to explain.

    I am based out of Michigan, where I've been a grad student at Cranbrook for the past two years, and am now on the design faculty at the GVSU in Grand Rapids. I keep track of the online store, its design and code, the design and photography of the products, the company branding and also look for new places and methods to tell more people about our work.

    The rest of the team includes my mom, my aunt and our dearest friend Surya. My mom, Indu, is the managing partner and is the anchor for all things Kara. We all check back with her on all sorts of things. Surya and my aunt Sreedevi keep a sharp check on our inventory, our planning and co-coordinating with the weaving co-operatives. While I'm typing this out, I feel like I'm lying. Because everyone on the team does their share and more. The boundaries blur and the tasks overlap; we just do stuff till its done! (....part of the thrills of a small organization)

    The main team is based out of our beautiful state of Kerala where we work with several weaving co-operatives to make our products. We function on a non-profit basis, where all of the profits made each time are plowed back into the weaving units to keep them and the project afloat. We hope to some day make enough to be able to adopt weavers into our own fold and be able to introduce the art form to a younger crowd and as a viable profession. For now, ...

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