Ananya Khare

Ananya Khare’s Master of Design research is exploring the use of textiles and craft in creating circular economies.

Ananya Khare uses weaving machine

Ananya Khare’s research is exploring the use of textiles and craft in creating circular economies—a movement that aims to minimise waste and make the most of resources by reusing, repairing, refurbishing, or remanufacturing products.

Her project is focused on innovating a new fabric from vetiver grass—a native grass from Ananya’s home country of India. It is a tough grass that binds deep into the ground, and is used widely internationally for various reasons, including agriculture and crafts.

“My idea is to create new textiles using environmentally friendly methods for local communities in India and New Zealand. I also want to make the production process easy to understand and accessible to these communities,” she says.

Ananya completed her Bachelor’s degree in design in India before coming to Wellington to pursue her Master’s degree. She followed her interests in promoting indigenous knowledge and sustainable textiles.

“At a very early stage in my studies, I began to understand the power and influence design holds,” says Ananya.

“It could be used to promote glamour and luxury, or it could be used to address social philosophies, world issues, or both at the same time. I want to create something that would benefit society.”

Ananya is enjoying having close contact with her supervisor Nan O’Sullivan. “Moving to a new country can be daunting at times. She has given me strength and confidence to do this thesis.”