Rahul Jain

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Rahul Jain
Born1963 (age 5758)
OccupationTextile designer
Awards Padma Shri
Jameel Prize

Rahul Jain is an Indian textile designer, art historian and author. [1] Born in Delhi in 1963, [2] he founded ASHA, a textile workshop engaged in promoting the traditional Indo-Iranian weaving techniques in Varanasi in 1993 and is reportedly contributing to the revival of the dying art form of silk weaving on traditional Indian drawlooms. [3] He employs silver and gold threads on pure Indian, Iranian, and Turkish silk and his motifs are known to be Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman inspired. [1]


Jain has authored a book on textile art, Rapture - The Art of Indian Textiles, which describes the history of Indian textile art for 500 years. [4] He has also published two more books, Mughal Patkas Ashavali Saria and Indo-Ground Fragments in the Collections of the Calico Museum of Textiles and the Sarabhai Foundation, a book on the historical techniques used in textile weaving [5] and Handcrafted Indian Textiles: Tradition and Beyond, a book on design, techniques and aesthetics. [6]

Jain was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize III, [7] an international award for contemporary Islamic art. [8] He was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award. [9]

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