Associate Professor wins book award

A book by NTU Associate Professor Dr Eiluned Edwards has won the prestigious R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award.

Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture
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Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture

A book by NTU Associate Professor Dr Eiluned Edwards has won the prestigious R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award.

The work, Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture, won the prize, which is presented annually by the Textile Society of America (TSA) to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies.

The purpose of the award is to encourage the study and understanding of textile traditions by recognising and rewarding exceptional scholarship that clearly communicates its subject, fostering appreciation for the field of textiles.

The book explores how cultural heritage has been managed in tandem with economic development through research with block-printers, national / state-level agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), museums, and entrepreneurs.

Dr Edwards was uniquely placed to develop this project having worked closely with clusters of artisans from the Khatri and Chippa communities of hereditary printers and dyers in western India since 1991.

She told us: "This book is a result of long-term collaboration between myself, the artisans and agencies mentioned, all of whom made a sustained contribution to the research, especially when I was doing focused research in India from 2012 to 2014, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship."

This experience has endowed her with a nuanced understanding of the issues confronted by traditional craftspeople in contemporary India, and first-hand knowledge of the strategies implemented by the agencies, individuals and institutions with whom they work.

TSA President Vita Plume added: "This book is a highly original, thorough, and engaging study well deserving of this award. TSA congratulates Eiluned Edwards on this most important book and contribution to the field, representing years of study and research."

Associate Professor wins book award

Published on 13 October 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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