Nila House opened its doors in Jaipur in 2019 and is a flourishing centre of cultural exchange, sitting at the intersection of craft, design, sustainability and community empowerment. As a ground-breaking non-profit initiative located within one of India’s oldest craft centres, Nila House has been honouring and celebrating dozens of Indian craft traditions, although based in and focused on Rajasthan. The pan-India nature of Nila’s work and expertise therefore provides a supportive environment for crafts collaborations, and knowledge exchange.
For the first time, in partnership with Villa Swagatam, Nila House will welcome an artist in residence on its premises of a unique heritage value. Through the Nila framework, the resident will be able to interact, work across disciplines, and actively engage in community craft projects. This is an invaluable opportunity for applicants hoping to enrich their practice through craft process work, or exposure to endangered knowledge systems and their custodians. In turn, the residency aims to provide opportunities for growth and exposure to community groups as well as to the craftspeople themselves.
Nila House, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, Jaipur - often referred as “the Pink City” – is famed for its craft traditions, which have become one of the strongest pillars of the city’s foundations.
Nila House is located against the backdrop of a Rajasthani home from the 1940s, refurbished by the landmark architect Bijoy Jain from Studio Mumbai. It encompasses a series of open studios, collection showrooms, an archive and research library, an exhibition gallery, a textile vault, and artists-in-residence rooms.