Afghanmade sponsored two categories at last year’s Carpet Design Awards at DOMOTEX Hannover; that of ‘Best Student Design’ and ‘Best Young Designer’. We caught up with the winners one year on to find out how the award has influenced their careers. Read the full article in COVER 37.
Sheefalika Misra, winner of the Student Design Award was exposed to a rich pool of traditional crafts, growing up in India. But the CDA revealed to her the magic possibilities of carpets. ‘It made me understand that the rug industry can be a responsible design choice,’ she says, ‘a powerful medium for creative expression that empowers skilled communities by providing a sustainable livelihood.’
Her ability to transition easily between historic Indian aesthetics and contemporary design is evident in her new collections for Jaipur Rugs. The ‘Painted Heritage’ collection takes direct inspiration from a Mughal miniature painting, The Musical Mode by Gauri, and murals at Morarka Haveli, Rajasthan. The contact with Jaipur came as a direct result of her presence at DOMOTEX.