aboutRajrupa is a budding museum professional with a Master ofLetters degree in Dress and Textile Histories from the University of Glasgow.Born and raised in one of the oldest and crowded metropolises in India;Kolkata, the city was her first inspiration for her love for history andculture. The city’s past which could still be seen today through the nooks andcrannies and crevices of the old architecture has always enchanted her andpiqued her interest in learning the journey of society. She strongly believesthat to understand any culture and its contribution to human civilization oneneeds to start from its food and clothing habits. Her passionate endeavor is tomake a meaningful contribution to the field of research, curation and thebusiness of art.
Her research interest is focused on using interdisciplinarymethods to the existing literary, material and cultural evidences of thecouture culture of South and Central Asia. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Visual Culture as wellas Art History from Government College of Art and Craft, one of India’s mostprestigious and oldest art institutes under the University of Calcutta. With akeen eye and interest for dress and textiles she found a very defined niche topursue her passion at the University of Glasgow. While studying there Rajrupainterned with the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre as a curatorial assistant.Her duties involved research and provenance, preventive conservation andcollections management of decorative objects, mostly costumes and accessoriesfrom the early 20th Century. Rajrupa has worked with INTACH (Indian National Trust forArt and Cultural Heritage) as a research associate. She was part responsiblefor the planning of educational and social interactive programs of the ‘AcharyaBhavan – A Science Museum’ project. Rajrupa joined one of India’s most celebrated luxury fashionhouses Sabyasachi Couture as the researcher and analyst of designs.
Whileworking there she was exposed to the production process of garments and otheraspects of the trade. Her responsibilities included managing and curating theworks of artists in residence, research and development of designs, anddigitizing, cataloging, archiving and documenting old collections andhistorical artefacts. She has also handled the intellectual property rightsaccounts with support from the legal department, and analyzed cost of approveddesign samples as well as managed external vendors to ensure maintenance ofneeded resources. Prior to her foray into dress and textiles, Rajrupa hadworked in the corporate sector as designer for Cognizant Technology SolutionsIndia Pvt Ltd, one of India’s largest IT companies, and The Telegraph, anational English daily newspaper. She has extensive experience working with awide variety of people, and catering to different demands of the position.
Furthermore, working in high pressure environments such as a newsroom has givenher the ability to be decisive, and hone her communication skills. Her work asa designer and as a cataloguer and curatorial assistant has also given me theability to take detailed, technical data and present it in a manner thatnon-technical people can understand and grasp.Research InterestRajrupa’s research interest lies in the Material Culture in Southand Central Asia. It focuses in the interdisciplinary social aspects of the medievalhistory of the Silk Route to understand the evolution of dress and textiles. The Culture of Conspicuous Consumption and Collecting inColonial India and Beyond. With a focus in the habit of conspicuous consumptionand wealth and its impact in modern society.