Suresh Ji - Office Assistant
Suresh has been with The Registry of Sarees since August 2019. He helps us with textile and non textile related activities on a daily basis. His work helps optimise organisation processes, maintaining office equipment and keeping a track of inventory. His dedication towards his work is something to be learnt.
Narendra joined The Registry of Sarees in January 2021. He packages the products sold at Yali and assists the business team for exhibitions. He takes pride in the folding and cutting of textiles and maintains the inventory at The Registry of Sarees.
Rukmini Swaminathan - Researcher
Rukmini completed her Bachelor's degree in History from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi after which she pursued her Master’s in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has an interest in textile, design and architecture history. Rukmini has been involved in documenting and writing the cotton projects that are being researched at The Registry of Sarees currently.
Laksshmannraav – Production Head and Master Weaver
Laksshmannraav has over 20 years experience with handloom weaving and has been involved in development of handloom products and clusters in various regions in South India. He has previously worked as Cluster Development Executive with Handloom and Textiles Department, Production Executive at Chirala Handloom Pvt Ltd and has supervised at various organisations with textile and yarn dyeing. He has been closely working with the Kodiyala weaving community since joining the organization in March 2020. As an expert designer/weaver himself and his experience in handloom cluster development his contribution in sourcing, managing handloom production and working in close collaboration with the in house designers for providing advice on textile construction and techniques has been immensely valuable.
Sujatha Susairaj – Manager
Sujatha is the executive secretary to Ahalya Matthan and has been actively managing the team at The Registry of Sarees for four years. Before joining The Registry of Sarees she worked in UAE after which she moved to Bangalore where she has worked as an administrative executive for several years with various companies. Her organizational and managerial skills accompanied with her relationship building qualities are an asset to our organization.
Derrick Sunny - Graphic Designer
Derick has over 13 years of experience in graphic design. Previously he worked at Target Corporation. He is adept with different softwares such as Macintosh, Adobe Creative Suite, CorelDraw, Illustrator and Photoshop. Using these tools, Derick manages the graphics for the lookbooks, pamphlets, newsletters, price tags and the editing of images for The Registry of Sarees and its commercial platform Yali.
Priyanka Jayanth – Fashion Designer
Priyanka completed her Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design at Raffles Millennium International, Bangalore and moved to the UK to pursue her Master's in Design (Fashion) from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She joined The Registry of Sarees in 2019 after graduating from her MA. Her dissertation project focused on collecting stories from artisans from India and translating them into surface techniques (embroidery). It was her intention to revive, revisit and empower the communities, culture and history behind them by integrating her own cultural ancestral stories of her family heritage. Since joining the organization Priyanka has been involved in the preliminary conservation processes and handling of the historic textile collection. She is currently developing an outerwear collection with Kandu cotton textiles using her expertise and experience as a fashion designer.
Rukmini Bose – Business Development Manager
Rukmini has over 20 years experience in fabric sourcing, product and business development, and merchandising. She has knowledge in patchwork, quilting, dyeing and finishing processes. In the past she has owned and managed home furnishing manufacturing units and managed renowned retail outlets like FabIndia in various cities. Since joining the organization in February 2020 her expertise and experience in business development, customer building and vendor management has been extremely valuable.
Parul Mendiratta - Sales and Marketing
Parul is a post graduate in Business Management and a Sales and Marcom professional coupled with an experience of over 25 years across different regions and markets as a result driven business leader. She has proven expertise in Luxury Brand positioning, profit centre operations, expansion strategy, strategic business Planning, buying and merchandising to drive incremental business growth. She has hired and trained over 500 people as managers and sales executives for a variety of businesses such as Fabindia and Meena Bazaar. Her keen interest in communication and business has helped us widen our community of clients at The Registry of Sarees.
Kshitija Mruthyunjaya- Creative Director
Kshitija is an architect and designer. After completing her bachelor's degree in Architecture in Bangalore, India, she moved to the UK where she pursued an M.A. in Architectural Regeneration and Development and an M. Arch. (RIBA Part 2). She worked for a leading firm in Bath, UK for several years before moving to Milan to pursue her Masters in Design. To further her understanding on how the material and social are entangled together she collaborated with The Registry of Sarees for her final MA Design project where she developed the Hosa Arambha project with an aim to support the Kodiyala handloom weaving community. Her main goal is to use her skills and knowledge in design as a regenerative action to create conscious and inclusive communities.
Ahalya Matthan, is a perfumer and the founder of Areev, a homegrown brand of contemporary Indian personal care. She established Ally Matthan Creations, a business to business personal care manufacturing enterprise in 2003. Her profound interest in research and development, conservation and preservation of Indian handloom textiles led her to start The Registry of Sarees in 2016. She is also the founder of the 100 saree pact, a virtual platform that celebrated wearing sarees and telling stories around them. This pact and with her core strengths in management strategy and creative innovation in the business sphere led her to support Yali, a commercial entity to carry forward projects that spring from The Registry of Sarees.