Jaya Jaitly was educated in the UK, Burma, Japan and India and the USA. She has worked closely with India’s crafts persons to sustain traditional craft livelihoods and preserve India’s cultural heritage, since 1965.
She founded the Dastkari Haat Samiti, a body of craftspeople, in 1986 and created Dilli Haat, a permanent crafts marketplace in Delhi in 1994.
Her published works include the Crafts of Gujarat, Crafts of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh, Crafting Nature, Craft Traditions of India, Crafts Atlas of India, Textiles of Varanasi, A Podium on the Pavement and Viswakarma’s Children. She brings to her work important experiences and perceptions acquired from three decades in active politics