Armed with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Graphics, Professor Usha Nehru Patel received a Certificate in Higher Education in the U.K. and a degree in Fashion and Styling from the Netherlands. Usha’s diverse experience in fashion and textiles has led her to teach and conceive art and design curricula at multiple institutes in India.
With a focused expertise and understanding of urban and international markets, Usha has carved out sustainable business opportunities for Indian artisans across various craft clusters and continues to research indigenous craft development and sustainable issues within the country.
Among other laudable achievements, Usha has led a challenging international project titled ‘Sustainability and Equitable Development: Interventions in India’s Rural Craft Industry’. Through this effort, she came into partnerships with Northumbria University in the U.K. and Dastkar, an Indian craft NGO. Usha has also headed the prestigious Delhi Metro Uniform Design project, designing all its eighteen categories of uniforms. She was additionally invited by the Ministry of Oceanography, New Delhi, to conceive and visualize an exhibition on this subject at the capital’s India International Centre.
Prof. Usha Nehru Patel has also published two notable works : ‘Extending the Frontiers of Visual Learning’ (Nottingham Trent University, U.K.) and ‘Designing an Educational Experience of Relevance to Real World Situations,’ which was presented at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI)Conference in 2010.