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Eiluned Edwards


School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Eiluned’s work embraces research and teaching across the MA programmes, also contributing to the Undergraduate programmes (Decorative Arts; Textiles) as well as M.Phil/PhD supervision. Her administrative duties include the School Research Committee, REF Advisory Group and Research Ethics Panel. She leads the Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress Research Group and is responsible for securing funds, developing projects and liaising with research partners in HE, non-governmental, culture and heritage management sectors. She is currently working with the British Council on its Crafting Futures India programme and the V&A on the Culture in Crisis programme. She is also writing a book on fabric, faith and fashion in India.

Career overview

From 2005-2009, Eiluned was V&A/LCF Joint Senior Research Fellow based in the Research department at the V&A, London. She carried out a 3-year programme of research in the Museum’s Indian textiles collection and in Gujarat, India (funded by British Academy, Nehru Trust, Dallapiccola Foundation) that resulted in a book on Gujarati textiles and dress (pub. V&A/Mapin, 2011), and laid the foundations of subsequent publications on block printing and the use of natural dyes in India. She also taught on the V&A/RCA MA History of Design course (for which she is now an external examiner), delivering sessions that explored craft production in South Asia as a means of understanding how global processes play out locally and how dress as a means of visual communication expressed identity.

Eiluned started lecturing fulltime at De Montfort University in 2000, initially as a Senior Lecturer (Textiles/Design History) but moved to a research fellowship at the PRASADA Centre for South Asian Arts after 6 months where she carried out a series of research projects that addressed the professionalisation of rural women in India through commercial embroidery (British Academy Large Research Grant, 2001-04) and the production and use of natural dyes in India (British Academy Small Research Grant, 2005-07). She taught on the MA South Asian Arts and also contributed to the undergraduate Design History programme, and the MA Design Innovation, introducing students to non-western material and teaching research methods. She collaborated with Leicester Museums on several projects, including the 'Made from Memory' exhibition (2003) and a planned re-vamp of the South Asian collections (2002-04).

Research areas

Eiluned’s research looks at the histories and social context of textiles and craft production, and the relationship between craft and fashion, with a regional focus on South Asia, notably India.

External activity

Research Associate - Royal Ontario Museum/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (2018 onwards).

Visiting lecturer:

V&A -Arts of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic Middle East: 500BC – Present (2007-date).

V&A – Indian textiles, dress and jewellery (2010-date)

Royal College of Art - MA History of Design (2007-16)

Invited speaker:

At museums, also universities for conferences and workshops, including National Museum of Wales (2017); Textile Society, UK (2017, 2016); University of Bern, Historical Institute (2016); University of Vermont, Fleming Museum (2016); New Walk Gallery, Leicester (2016, 2012); UEA, Norwich (2014); SADACC Trust, Norwich (2014).

Consultancy/advisory work:

British Council: consultant for the Crafting Futures India programme (2017-date)

British Museum, Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World: adviser on Islamic textiles from S.Asia (2016-2018).

Croydon Museum: consultant for Gujarati Yatra exhibition (2016-17).

V&A, London: consultant for The Fabric of India exhibition + programme (2015-16).

Leicester Museums: consultant for Suits and Saris exhibition + programme (2012)

External examiner:

University of British Columbia: PhD (2018)

Royal College of Art: V&A/RCA MA History of Design (2016-19)

School of Materials: PhD (2017)

Dept of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London: PhD (2017)

School of Art and Design, Loughborough University: PhD (2012)


Funding applications: British Academy

Journal articles: Fashion Theory, Textile History, Textile, South Asian Studies, Modern Craft.


Occasional essays for: Selvedge Magazine, Asian Textiles, Times of India

Sponsors and collaborators


British Council (2018-date)

British Academy (International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, 2014-17; Small Research Grant 2005-07; Large Research Grant, 2001-04)

Leverhulme Trust (Research Fellowship, 2012-14; Study Abroad Scholarship, 1993-96)

Nehru Trust (India Award 2017; Travel Award 2006)

Dallapiccola Foundation (Research Grant 2005, 2007)


British Council, London

Ajrakhpur Handicrafts Development Association, Kachchh, Gujarat, India

Rabari samaj of Kachchh, Gujarat, India

Calico Printers’ Association of Sanganer, Rajasthan, India

Craft Revival Trust, New Delhi, India

Craft Design Institute, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

British Museum, London

Leicester Museums

Croydon Museum


Crafting Futures India. The Empowerment of Women and Girls through Artisanal Textiles, Digital Technology and Entrepreneurship in India (2018). Report for the British Council, London.

‘Textiles in Bloom: block-print revival and contemporary fashion in India’ in Sarah Fee (ed)(in press), Cloth that Changed the World. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum. Catalogue essay for the forthcoming ROM exhibition, Cloth that Changed the World (opens October 2019).

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Press expertise

  • Culture and heritage of India and the South Asian diaspora
  • Craft development
  • Women’s education in India
  • Dress, textiles and fashion
  • Medieval maritime trade – India, the Arab world and S.E.Asia

Course(s) I teach on

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2019

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2019

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time | 2019