I am a textiles designer and researcher. I love discovering and documenting textiles from around the world and have a particular passion for Indian textiles. In 2012 I completed a Masters by Research focussing on the development of designs in the ajrakh block printing of Gujarat for contemporary markets. I am now studying the development of traditional Indian handloom weaving for a PhD. See some of my research papers here.
Travels in Textiles is an outlet for disseminating this research in a personal and accessible way, as well as covering more broadly hand crafted textiles from around the world. The aims of Travels in Textiles are as follows:
- To discover, document, highlight and celebrate textile craft traditions and textiles artisan groups in far flung corners of the world.
- Tell stories of particular artisans or artisan groups.
- To focus on the challenges of traditional textile crafts in a fast modernising and globalising world and the political, economical and social challenges the artisans face.
- To connect designers, writers, travellers, collectors, researchers and artisans with artisans in need of a market or outlet for their work.
- To provide an educational resource for all of the above, as well as a platform for all of the above to promote their work
- To achieve the above through documentary articles, photo-journalistic articles, academic critical writing, practical how-to guides, exhibition reviews, interviews with prominent figures in the field of craft textiles, travel journals and book reviews.
N.B The header image on the homepage of this site is part of a bediyo – a shawl or blanket from Kachchh, Gujarat, which is made in a single day from the warping and bobbin filling to the final finishing. Many people are involved, the weaver fasts and the bediyo has to be ready for the evening puja (prayers). This process is practiced on a day of the black moon during the Navrati festival. This pieces is in the collection of Vankar Shamji Vishram Valji, Bhujodi village, Kachchh.