Dr Ruth Clifford

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Dr Clifford teaches on the Contextual Studies modules across all levels of the Fashion Design and Communication BA programme. Ruth has a background in textile design and has recently completed a PhD which focused on the role of design and business education in Indian handloom craft development for contemporary markets. She has particular interest and expertise in the following subject areas: traditional textile craft practices, craft, fashion and sustainability, transnational co-design, postcolonial fashion theory and decolonisation.


2020, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, PhD

Academic appointments

Lecturer, Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present


Clifford R, Cifford R. 2021. Tana Bana: Weaving Life into Cloth Publisher Url

Internet publication

Clifford R, Clifford R. 2020. Responsible Crafts Tourism in Kutch Author Url Publisher Url

Clifford R. 2020. Design and Business Education for Handloom Weavers in India Author Url Publisher Url

Journal article

Clifford R. 2018. Learning to weave for the luxury Indian and global fashion industries: The Handloom School, Maheshwar Clothing Cultures, 5 :111-130 DOI Publisher Url


Clifford R. Challenging hierarchies, enhancing capabilities: Innovations in design and business education for handloom weavers in India Edwards E, Braithwaite N.

Conference publication

Clifford R. Balancing local tradition and global influences: Design and business education for traditional artisans in Kachchh, India The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global; Proceedings of the Textile Society of America 16th Biennial Symposium DOI Author Url Publisher Url