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Dr Ruth Clifford

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

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

Internet publication

Clifford R. 2023. Trans-cultural Slow-craft-fashion Publisher Url

Clifford R. 2022. Challenging Craft-Design Dualisms: Handloom Weaving in Kachchh, India Author Url Publisher Url

Clifford R. 2020. Design and business education for handloom weavers in India: Innovation, Tradition and Entrepreneurship Author Url Publisher Url

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

Clifford R. Notes from the field: Learning to weave in Kutch and Maheshwar, India Publisher Url


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


Clifford R. Craft in Fashion: Contemporary Examples from Rural India

Conference presentation:

Decolonising the fashion curriculum through cross-cultural collaboration and global perspectives of dress, Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Student Life Building, In Person 10 minute. 2023

Conference organisation:

Craft in Fashion, 2023

Research Grants Awarded:

V&A / Karun Thakar Grant, Trans-cultural Slow Craft-Fashion, Grant value (£): 1500. 2022