Handcraft for the digital : Type design from India Friday, 20 December 2019 - Sunday, 8 March 2020

The world is filled with letters. In today’s digitalised society, typefaces (shape and style of the letters) are more important than ever.
Catering for urges to express, to deliver, to record, and to understand each other; a typeface can be a profoundly expressive yet beautiful tool that nurtures us humans like bread.

This exhibition introduces a challenge about a typeface in India; a design integrating indigenous culture and innovation to present a new value in our society.

The “Typecraft Initiative” was launched in 2011 by an Indian designer. Their workshop-style activities involve craftswomen from various parts of the country to collaborate to create digital typefaces in Indic and Latin scripts. It takes a long time to hold a workshop which fits each area’s characteristics with a broad range of craftspeople creating tattoos, embroidery, ceramics, and paintings. This effort pursuing possibilities in design enables craftswomen to expand their work into new areas by marketing these typographies as digital fonts. It also creates an activity to protect Indian craftsmanship in the future from disappearing into waves of modernisation.

This epic project turns charming indigenous Indian culture from various backgrounds into new fonts.
The letters woven by craftswomen’s hands are nurtured by their lives in India.


Ishan Khosla
Visual Artist, Designer and Cultural Researcher / Founder, The Typecraft Initiative

Ishan Khosla is an India based visual artist, designer and cultural researcher with an MFA degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is interested in exploring various facets of the contemporary Indian milieu. He is fascinated by the mundane, the quotidien, the discarded and the overlooked. Ishan works on the creation of new juxtapositions in terms of material, time and culture. This has led him to make some of his most innovative works such The Typecraft Initiative which explores new ways of working with the age-old techniques of Indian handicrafts and to use design, new media and tech to transform that into digital typefaces.

Friday, 20 December 2019 – Sunday, 8 March 2020
Opening times :
10:00 ~ 21:00 ※Same opening days MUJI Ginza Store
ATELIER MUJI Gallery 2 (6F, MUJI GINZA),Admission free

Organiser :
Works from the Collection of :
The Typecraft Initiative
Cooperation :
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Graphic Design :
Dainippon Type Organisation
Site Construction :
Planning and Management :
Household Division/Household Design, Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. and ATELIER MUJI GINZA
Address :
6F, MUJI GINZA, 3-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061