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Ritu Jain

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Ritu Jain - Textiles

I have loved textiles every since I was a kid.  I always had art projects going and my mom taught me to sew at the age of 5. I studied Fiber Arts at the University of Iowa where I learned printing, dying, and weaving from wonderful instructors.  

In 1991 I followed my heart and opened Textiles, a fabric store in Iowa City.  My idea was to print and weave my own fabrics to sell along with fabrics I carried from around the world.  I was hoping to travel and discover beautiful textiles in other countries, but alas, once you open a business, you can’t leave it.  My business grew along with my passion and evolved into a women’s clothing store.  

I am grateful to be able to do what I love my entire life!!

Now 29 years later, I am back to creating textiles.  I discovered Eco Printing (a fairly new art form) about 5 years ago.  It’s a magical process that uses leaves to leave their mark on fabric.  It’s different every time and always a surprise. Being a newer artform, there is still a lot of experimentation happening and it’s changing all the time. It’s a wonderful way to connect with nature.  I know more about trees and plants than I ever have before and I get to spend hours outside gathering leaves (or art materials)!  I am grateful to be able to do what I love my entire life!! 

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