World Shibori Network

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Padmaja Krishnan

Padmaja Krishnan
Mumbai, INDIA
Transit Design


Padmaja Krishnan is a textile and fashion artist based in India. She started her own studio, Transit Design, in 2005 with three ambitions: firstly, to observe and reflect in her designs the relationship between human behaviour and clothing; secondly, to integrate the work of traditionally skilled artisans with modern design practice; thirdly, to combine sustainability and social responsibility with humour and delight.



“Transformation: Material . Magic . Memory,” Fashion Gallery, Hong Kong Polytech University, HK  2010

Yokohama International Quilt Festival, Yokohama, Japan  2009

Experimenta Design Lisbon, international design biennale, Lisbon, Spain  2009

Shared Talent India” for sustainable textiles, London Fashion Week, by Centre for Sustainability, DEFRA, UK, & Pearl Academy of Fashion India, London, UK  2009

“Threadlines 2008” juried art quilt exhibition, Missouri State University Art & Design Gallery, USA  2009

New World design exhibition, London Design Festival, UK  2007

International Symposium on Natural Dyes, UNESCO & Office of Development Commissioner Handicraft, Hyderabad, India  2006

Paper presentation, “Sociological relevance of Kaantha embroidery of West Bengal,” Sui Dhaga Conference: Crossing Borders through Needle and Thread, India International Centre & Crafts Council of India 2005



India finalist, International Young Fashion Entrepreneurship Award, British Council

Best of Show, Festival of Quilts 2008, Birmingham, UK  2008

Best Use of Colours in Hand Embroidery, Festival of Quilts 2008, Birmingham, UK  2008

Invited Representative, New World Design Exhibit, London Design Festival (one of 6 designers from across 5 continents), UK  2007