LOkesh Ghai is a textile artist, researcher and design educator working with traditional craft practice. His textile art responding to the folk story of Frozen Charlotte was featured at the V&A Museum of Childhood, London. As part of Cultural Olympiad of 2012, through Cotton-Exchange he led community based art workshops at Gallery of Costume, Manchester and Harris Museum, Preston. He was awarded a fellowship to study MA by research in Art & Design from Manchester Metropolitan University; where he focused on cultural making crafts. As a designer and associate curator he presented ‘India Street’ exhibition in Scotland; the show was a runner up for the most sustainable design practice award in the Edinburgh International Art festival 2014.
He has been visiting lecturer at numerous institutions including the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gandhinagar, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Somaiya Kala Vidya, Kutch, India’s premier design institute for traditional craft communities. In January, 2020 NID published a book by LOkesh on the Cotton Mill narratives: Baku’s Rag book: Untold story of the discarded fabric. Recently, he taught a course on ‘Compassion’ at the institute.