Nikaytaa Malhotra

Nikaytaa Malhotra

Sari Researcher & Founder, The Indian Draping Co.

India

Nikaytaa is a globally acclaimed Saree Researcher and Founder at The Indian Draping Company. She researches the fluid nature of the Saree, textiles and drapes. Her research is at the interconnection of fashion, feminism, politics, and art. Nikaytaa shares her knowledge through public talks, workshops, and online content. Nikaytaa has recently published a book, The Fluid Saree Zine. It is a firstof- its-kind book that features five different Saree drapes for various occasions. You can read more about it here: https://bit.ly/FluidZine. Nikaytaa works with fashion brands that endorse and invest in handlooms and sustainable fabrics. These include Taneira (a Tata product), Liva (an Aditya Birla product), Shailesh Singhania, SixYardsPlus, Timri and PeopleTree to name a few. Nikaytaa collaborates with artists on installations of public interest. The art installation ‘The Saree Dress Tent’ is her most recent art collaboration. The
installation was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. It highlighted the role of the Saree as a political identity for South Asian women living and working in the United States.
Nikaytaa has been invited by several educational institutions and festivals to lecture about gender and fashion. The list includes but is not limited to San Jose State University, Hill Hacks, Lakme Fashion Week, BhimThadi Jatra, Social Conscious festival, Windy City Saree Festival (Chicago) and SareeSpeak. Nikaytaa has been featured in offline and online publications such as TAKE On India-
Fashion magazine 2019, BBC Radio Asian Network, The Times of India, The Hindu, The Better India, and Telangana Today to name a few. When not fantasising about the infinite possibilities of the Saree, Nikaytaa loves to hang out at home with a steaming cup of tea and her favourite feminist literature. More details about her art can be found on her social media @nikaytaa and
Youtube (Nikaytaa – The Saree Feminist). Website: https://draping.co

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