Lokesh Ghai

Lokesh Ghai

Assistant Professor

Profile Summary

Lokesh Ghai, an accomplished textile artist and researcher, boasts a rich experience spanning more than two decades in traditional craft practices. With a diverse background in the creative industry, he has engaged in collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, writers, artists, and researchers both in Europe and India. Recognized for his dedication, he secured a fellowship for a practice-based MA in Research in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. Lokesh holds the distinction of being a founding faculty member at Somaiya Kala Vidya, the foremost design institute for traditional craft communities in India. Notably, he contributes his insights through regular contributions to the Australian Craft magazine, Garland.


Work Experience

Over the course of two decades, Lokesh Ghai has cultivated a wealth of experience marked by his extensive collaborations across diverse industries. His remarkable journey has not only spanned traditional craft practices but has also extended to global platforms, where he has effectively showcased his exceptional textile artistry on an international scale.

Research Interests

Heritage crafts, Identity clothing, Sustainable fashion, Ethical Fashion, Work with grassroots communities, Film appreciation, Storytelling, Cultural clothing & textiles

Teaching Philosophy

Ghai's teaching philosophy centres on guiding students to harness their personal experiences and translate them into meaningful contributions to society through design. He is dedicated to nurturing students' growth by encouraging creative, analytical, and reflective methodologies.

Courses Taught

Lokesh Ghai teaches a diverse range of courses in fashion and foundation, including Elements of Design, Principles of Design, Sustainable Fashion, Future Fashion, Visual Culture, Research Methodologies, Film and Costume.

Awards and Grants

He has showcased his textile art at the V&A Museum of Childhood, London; Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, Blackburn Museum, Costume, Manchester and Harris Museum, Preston, England. As a designer and associate curator, he presented the ‘India Street’ exhibition in Scotland; the show was a runner-up for the most sustainable design practice award at the Edinburgh International Art Festival 2014.

 Karun Thakar Fund Project Grant Recipient for 2022-23, awarded by the V&A Museum, London


Indian Foundation for Art 2023-24 research grant


Scholarly Activities

Ghai, L. “Co-design is an inclusive approach for fashion designers working with traditional crafts”: Exploring ethics of craft collaborations in design education.

Sehgal, V., Ghai, L., & Chowdhury, A. (2022, August). A Data Analytics-Based Study on Campaigns and Hashtags Movements Related to the Production of Fashion Goods. In International Symposium on Intelligent Informatics (pp. 77-88). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. (Article in June 2023 issue of premium)