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Eiluned Edwards

Associate Professor

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Eiluned is an Associate Professor in Global Cultures of Textiles and Dress. She supervises M.Phil and PhD candidates and contributes to the MA programmes (Textile Design Innovation; Culture, Style and Fashion; Fashion Management, Marketing and Communication), and BA (Hons) Decorative Arts. She also works with institutions in South Asia in the Higher Education sector as well as the NGO (non-governmental organisation) sector and is currently collaborating with the National College of Arts, Lahore and Rawalpindi, Pakistan, the Craft Revival Trust, New Delhi, and the Ajrakh Printers Association in Kachchh. The research is supported by the British Academy.

Career overview

Eiluned was previously V&A/LCF Senior Research Fellow in Textiles and Dress (2005-2009) and contributed to the V&A Arts of Asia course as well as the V&A/RCA MA History of Design course for which she is now an external examiner. She supervised M.Phil and PhD candidates at London College of Fashion and was active in the Cultural Studies Research Group. Her fulltime academic career began at De Montfort University where she was a Research Fellow at the PRASADA Centre for South Asian Arts (2000-2005). She contributed to the PRASADA MA programme and supervised M.Phil and PhD candidates. Prior to doing her PhD (Manchester University, 2000), she was self-employed as an artist-designer, producing textiles to commission, and selling art works on paper through Anderson O’Day (London).

Research areas

  • Global cultures of textiles and dress
  • Textiles, dress and fashion
  • Craft production
  • South Asian material and visual culture
  • Craft development, including interventions by state and other agencies, and entrepreneurs in South Asia
  • Islamic art and material culture
  • Medieval intra-Asian textile trade, 8th-16th century
  • Mid-20th century British ceramics

External activity

  • British Council: Crafting Futures: Asia programme
  • Culture in Crisis programme: V&A
  • Visiting lecturer: V&A Arts of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic Middle East: 500
  • BCE – Present
  • External examiner for the V&A/RCA MA History of Design course (2016-18)
  • PhD examiner: Loughborough University; SOAS, University of London; Royal College
    of Art

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Collaboration with British Museum on selection of South Asian Islamic textiles for the new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World (opens October 2018)
  • Collaboration with Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, on Chintz exhibition (opens 2020).
  • Research collaboration with Craft Revival Trust, New Delhi; Ambedkar University, Delhi; Ajrakh Printers Association, Kachchh has been funded by the British Academy
    (International Partnerships and Mobility scheme, 2014-17)
  • Research on Indian block printing included collaboration with artisans, entrepreneurs, state agencies, museums and others: Calico Printers Association of Sanganer, Ajrakh Printers Association of Kachchh, AIACA, Fabindia, Anokhi, Brigitte Singh, Gurjari, V&A,TAPI Collection. Research sponsored by: Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2012-14); Pasold Research Fund (2011); Nehru Trust (2006); British Academy (2001-04; 2005-07); Society for South Asian Studies (2000-01).
  • Collaboration since 1997 with Ismail M. Khatri and Abduljabbar M. Khatri on ajrakh, a heritage textile block printed in western India and eastern Pakistan, research funded by various sponsors, now focused on a book with Yale University Press.


Publications online and in popular magazines, also book reviews and essays in press (forthcoming 2018):


  • Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture. New Delhi: Niyogi Books (2016) Recipient of the Textile Society of America R.L.Shep Award 2016.


  • ‘Sustaining cultural heritage? The case of contemporary Indian block prints’ in: Asian Textiles, 63 (2016)
  • ‘Printing and Dyeing in India’, in: Helaine Selin (ed)(2014), Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Amherst:Springer Reference (online).


  • ‘Moroccan Fashion: Design, Culture and Tradition’ in: Costume (2016), 50:1, pp.140-41.
  • ‘Modest Fashion. Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith’ in: Costume (2014), 48: 2, pp. 292-93.

In press and forthcoming

  • Branding tradition: the commercialization of hand embroidery in Gujarat’, in: Jennifer Harris (ed)(in press -2018), A Companion to Textile Culture. Oxford and Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • ‘Indian block printing: technology, entrepreneurship and innovation across time and place’, in: K.Sibenheuner (ed)(in press- 2018), Things, Materiality, History. Böhlau: Koln, Weimar, Vienna.

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Press expertise

  • Non-western textiles, dress and fashion
  • Craft development

Course(s) I teach on

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2018

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2018

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2018