Meet Our Creative JOYED Artisans,
Know Their Stories
We’ve travelled to different parts of Asia to discover Joyed artisans, local craftsmen and women who form the backbone of all we do. Beyond promoting their one-of-a-kind creations, we believe in telling their unique stories—so you know the priceless value behind each exquisite handmade item you’re privileged to hold in your hands.
Reviving the art of traditional Indian embroidery
Embroidery has always been in Asif’s bones, having watched his mother transform plain cloth to objects of beauty since young, and grown up in the heart of the world’s great textile hub—Ahmedabad. After graduating from the School of Interior Design (CEPT), Asif went on to experiment with and reinvent textiles and embroideries for over 22 years.
His deep sense for aesthetics, detail and thirst for understanding intricate weaving techniques, printing and dyeing, natural colours, apparatus and embellishing techniques have made him renowned throughout the world for quality Indian textile. This was never more apparent in the 2013 ‘Resurgence’ world tour launched at the IGNCA-New Delhi, which showcased a collection of great Indian textiles created by master artisans under his guidance.
Abduljabbar Mohammad Khatri
9th generation ajrakh block printing master artisan
Abduljabbar is a member of the 9th generation of his family to live and work in Dhamadka village in Kutch district, Gujarat, as a block printer and dyer. Like his father before him, the late Mohammad Siddik, Abduljabbar Khatri is renowned for making a textile known as ajrakh. A resist and mordant-printed textile, ajrakh is printed on both sides of the cloth with complex geometric and floral patterns. It is part of the cultural heritage of the desert regions of Kutch and Thar in India, and Sindh in Pakistan where it has been integral to the visual identity of cattle herders, expressing their faith and occupation.
Kalamkari master artisan
Niranjan’s great grandfather, grandfather and father were all teachers by profession. He on the other hand chose to live by the craft of kalamkari having given up his job with the design centre in Bangalore. Today, he has an entire team of artisans within Srikalahasti, working hand in hand to produce high quality kalamkari work, using natural dyes to help preserve the craft in a sustainable way.
Galeri Batik Jawa
A collection of natural indigo batik
Galeri Batik Jawa is a collection of hand painted batik using natural dye from Indigofera tinctoria, without any synthetic chemicals, yielding attractive shades of blue that are applied into sustainable fashion wear for men and women.
All products are creatively designed and processed by hand, which are made with indigo paste and Javanese traditional patterns painted on various materials, such as cotton, silk and natural handwoven fibre.
Komkrit Borriboon - Traditional Bamboo Handicraft Center
Over 30 years of exquisite bamboo wickerwork
Located in the southeast of Bangkok, Phanot Nikhom is a district well known for its bamboo products and intricate craftsmanship. In 1978, the project of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s SUPPORT Foundation reached Phanat Nikhom to preserve bamboo weaving technique skills. The objective was to conserve extraordinary folk arts and crafts, passing on to future generations and to promote a better quality of life for the artisans.
Mrs. Pranee Borriboon, wife of the town’s mayor then embraced the project and established weaving workshops our of her own home. After 23 years of her dedication, the project is now managed by her son Komkrit Borriboon who continues to promote talented weavers to develop exquisite bamboo wickerwork.
Prach Niyomkar ( Mann)
Reviving the crafts of Sakon Nakhon, Thailand
Born in the Sakon Nakhon province in Thailand, Prach Niyomkar ( Mann) aims to revive the local arts and crafts and to support local weavers in his hometown. Mann designs, plants the dye trees in his organic farm and dyes the yarn and handwoven fabrics, working with 25 local weavers in Sakon Nakhon.
CDS Art Foundation
If we lose our craft, we lose our culture
CDS was founded in Ahmedabad by Asif Shaikh in 2016 with the vision to sustain, conserve and preserve handcrafted products and the artisans of India. Today India has lost many of its crafts, some are on the brink of extinction and therefore need to be safeguarded, documented and revived before they are lost forever.
To keep the craft alive, communities of artisans, their craft and their constraints need to be documented and mapped. Documentation is necessary for the generations to come and for those first generation artisans who do not have masters or ustads to learn from.
CDS will always aim to champion the artisan and the craft as long as it meets our strict quality standards. CDS will work towards making it possible to create more centres of excellence where quality crafts are produced. Like in the past, the west must once again flock to our shores for excellent products and look at India as a guide for aesthetics.