Dr Hemalatha Jain has worked as a design faculty for two decades at a reputed University and a number of design colleges across India. She her expertise as well as taught subjects include anthropology, technical aspects of textile and sustainability. She is the author of ‘Techniques of Dyeing and Printing’, and has published numerous research papers on design, natural dyes and sustainability. She has also held gallery shows on handloom and spinning.
Dr. Hemalatha Jain is the founder of Punarjeevana Trust that was founded with the vision of revival and sustenance of the traditional crafts and artisans. Punarjeevana is the by-product of her PhD titled , ‘The Study of Sustenance of Patteda anchu’. Punarjeevana was started with just one weaver in North Karnataka and today it spreads its wings in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Kashmir, Bihar, Pune, Kholapur, Aurangabad and Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Jain has actively helped in reviving more than 10 languished handloom weaves, has introduced natural fibers to the tribal weaves of Idu and Adi tribes from Arunachal Pradesh, and is now working on the traditional practices of bamboo fibers, nettle fiber extraction, north eastern dyeing techniques, traditional farming technique (natural fiber and dye plants) in the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh , traditional quilting and embroidery techniques, traditional hand tailoring techniques and etc.