Manika Walia is an apparel designer, research scholar and educator with experience of working with eminent design schools and universities. She is currently a Professor, heading the Fashion & Textiles department at Sushant School of Design. With a specialization in Clothing and luxury from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, her forte’ is the fusion of the best of western and eastern design elements and socio-cultural influences into contemporary fashion. She has worked closely with the development of craft clusters in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh while being actively involved in the promotion and repositioning of KHADI with KVIC. She has also worked as a design consultant for various retail brands such as Anokhi, Soma and Rungeen Bazaar.