Nikita Shah

"At Home in Brooklyn – A Kalamkari Story Cloth"
Pronouns: she / they
Artistic Discipline: Cultural Heritage
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Nikita Shah (b. Mumbai, India) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and independent scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. Best known for her practice in Kalamkari (a 3000-year-old temple textile art), building community through textile crafts: fursat (South Asian term embodying leisure, reflection, and wisdom) and wearing sari’s everyday - her work is at the convergence of decolonizing fashion and healing. Her project “At home in Brooklyn” is a series of community workshops and the collection of stories of marginalized and oppressed communities to create a communal kalamkari story cloth of finding home in Brooklyn. Nikita received an Associate Degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and her Bachelor’s Degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Kannur, India. In 2021 she launched her brand “untitle,” focused on an eco-conscious commitment to upcycle memorial clothing and dead stock textiles sourced from artisans in India. She is a past design-artist in residence at Materials for the Arts, and has conducted textile and sari workshops in for New York Textile Month, Asia Society, Brooklyn LGBT Community Centre, South Asian New York Fashion Week, Bloomberg, Shopify, the Agaati Foundation, and the Indian Institute of Technology.