Edwards, Eiluned

Edwards, Eiluned

Edwards, Eiluned

Eiluned Edwards is Professor of Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress in the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. Since the early 1990s, the focus of her work has been textiles, dress, fashion and craft development in South Asia, notably India – research that has been widely disseminated through teaching, public lectures, conferences and exhibitions. Her PhD (Manchester University, 2000) addressed the impact of social change in the postcolonial era on the material culture of Rabaris, pastoral migrants in Kachchh district, Gujarat. She has continued to work with Rabaris, focusing on the development of girls’ education in the community. Since the late 1990s, she has carried out a series of funded research projects in India, working with block printers, dyers, indigo farmers, dye manufacturers, merchants, entrepreneurs, designers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), state agencies and museums to map the production and circulation of block prints of Indian block prints (BASAS 2000-01; British Academy 2005-07; Nehru Trust 2006 and 2017; Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2012-14); and in collaboration with embroiderers, craft sector NGOs and state agencies she examined the commercialisation of hand embroidery (British Academy 2001-04). She has published widely on aspects of Indian material culture, and is the author of Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture (Niyogi Books 2016. Recipient of the Textile Society of America R.L.Shep award 2016) and Textiles and Dress of Gujarat (V&A/Mapin 2011). She is currently. She leads the Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress research group and her current projects include a book on ajrakh that is being developed in collaboration with the Khatri communities of Kachchh and Thar, and new research on Indian tailors. Other recent work has included producing the baseline report for the British Council’s Crafting Futures India programme (2018) and collaborating with the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, on the forthcoming chintz exhibition, The Cloth that changed the World: Indian Painted and Printed Cottons (opens 4 April 2020).

Contact: eiluned.edwards@ntu.ac.uk and eilunededwards@hotmail.com