Sneha Mehta

Sneha Mehta is a writer and designer, based between Mumbai and New York. She writes about the cultural implications of design, and how the objects we surround ourselves with shape our identities.

How Matchboxes Became a Stand-in for Indian Visual Culture

The aesthetics of Indian matchbox covers have seen a resurgence as contemporary artists celebrate the work of designers who still remain largely unknown.

Sneha Mehta

May 19, 2021

Decolonizing Design

A $100 laptop was supposed to change the world. Its failure reveals the dangers of the design and tech industry’s Western-centric conditioning.

Sneha Mehta

September 17, 2020

The Kurta Makes its Fast-Fashion Debut

UNIQLO’s kurta collection popularizes the ancient South Asian garment, but also elicits mixed reactions.

Sneha Mehta

July 13, 2020

Keeping Up with Cultural Appropriation

Are celebrities playing dress-up with South Asian fashion appropriating culture or celebrating culture? The problematic trend and corresponding debate hasn’t really gone away.

Sneha Mehta

May 21, 2020

Why America’s Manhole Covers are “Made in India”

How a simple inscription embedded in the streets of America’s cities can trigger nostalgia and reveal stories about global trade.

Sneha Mehta

March 31, 2020

Taking Art to India’s Streets

Non-profit St+art India is transforming the country’s urban spaces, one wall at a time.

Sneha Mehta

February 03, 2020

The Sari Crusaders

How creative interventions are reimagining the sari as a 21st-century garment.

Sneha Mehta

December 05, 2019

India's Type Designers

How India’s digital boom led to a type design renaissance for the country’s diverse languages and scripts.

Sneha Mehta

October 17, 2019


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