It began as a series of conversations between me and my friend, Nandita Lakshmanan.
Taneira came on board to support LooM in early 2018 and thus it began. The first edition is Kanchipuram, then Chanderi, then West Bengal, and on it goes.
Project LooM could not have happened without the support of the following people.
Rajeshwari Srinivasan, CEO of Taneira.
And before her, Ajoy Chawla and Shyamala Ramanan at Titan/Taneira.
Isha Sahu for the sensitive coordination and facilitation. And before her, Naomi Raphael.
Anindita Sardar, Kausalya Satyakumar, Dikshita Pant, Manjunath D., B.B. Paul and many others at Taneira for their help in introducing LooM to weaving clusters all over India.
Thanks also to…..
Jacob Kurian, who introduced Ajoy to me.
Calligrapher and architect, Dharmesh Jadeja from Auroville for designing the logo. And drawing out several variations of the logo. And for putting up with my persnicketiness about how to dot the line and curve the y.
Ulhas Anand, my birder friend and Bird Podcast collaborator for the website design. Among other things, Ulhas organizes Bengaluru Bird Day and runs Ecoedu, for environmental education. Thanks, Ulhas for creating the website and all the social media pages.
Red Bangle Film Collaborative: where a vibrant group of young filmmakers come together to make magic…and films. Thanks, Lakshmi Rebecca and Shibani Naidu: for the video films that accompany the website.
I make all the shorter amateur films but Red Bangle produces the 3-4 main films that are on top of the Youtube page of each edition.