#67 National Crafts Museum

My name is Emily Meyer and I would like to adopt the National Crafts Museum in New Delhi, India.

Tell us a bit more about yourself
I am co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tea Collection, a globally inspired children’s apparel company based in San Francisco. Twice each year, we travel the world to gather inspiration for each collection. My hope is that we inspire global connection and curiosity; we strive to make the foreign familiar. I live in Palo Alto, CA with my husband, Hilton and two children, Clement (6) and Georgia (4).

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The National Crafts Museum is located in New Delhi, India. The Crafts Museum is a celebration of the handmade, from the past carried into the present day. Unlike most museums, which display old or rare objects, this is a museum of living crafts, of skills and objects still in common use. It is open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, except Mondays and there are craft demonstrations from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily as well. It cost Rs 150 (U.S. $2.42) for international visitors.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
My family and I visited the National Crafts Museum on our trip to New Delhi. It was recommended to us by Natasha Rao of Fashionalities, who we connected with on a global play date in India. I was so enamored by the rooms of textile arts, a lot of which inspired our Spring 2015 collection. It was also fascinating to watch my children connect with all of the students that were there and the crafts people making intricate paper cut images and meticulous etching in reed leaves. My daughter Georgia, was in awe of an extraordinary chariot that was used for festivals. Visiting the museum was such a great experience for both my family and myself – I hope we will always remember it.

Why would you recommend people visit?
I am recommending the National Crafts Museum to all. The building and grounds were just the right sanctuary from the bustling city of New Delhi. It is a great escape to take little ones who are recovering from jet lag and a great way to immerse in the culture and history. Apart from the galleries featuring different types of traditional arts & crafts, there was a section of artisan demonstrations. There is also an old world village recreated so that visitors could see how communities in India were set up years ago. Don’t miss the cafe! It was strongly recommended by Natasha, our friend as must-see!

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Past is Alive

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