Jasleen Kandhari is a textiles & art historian specialising in the artistic and material heritage of South Asia & the Punjab. Jasleen lectures and tutors courses on Indian & Asian art and textiles history at University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education and at Christie’s Education, London as well as leading study tours to India, having lectured on the Royal Academy of Arts tour to India: Treasures of the Punjab & ‘Little Tibet’ as the first expert led tour of Sikh Art.
She is currently a PhD candidate on the University of Leeds Research Scholarship on the Indian Textiles Trade and the Kenyan Kanga. She received BA in Asian art history and archaeology with Asian music from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London and MA in Asian art history on scholarship from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Manchester. She attended Roedean School having studied at the Mombasa Academy in her homeland of Kenya.
She has published numerous articles on her research areas of Sikh art and Indian textiles including ‘In Pursuit of the Divine: Courtly Arts of the Sikhs & the Punjab’ in the Apollo & ‘Arts of the Sikh Loom: Kashmir Shawls & Phulkaris’ in Asian Textiles. Jasleen is the Contributing Editor of Indian textiles for the journal, Textiles Asia and the Asian and African Textiles Contributor for Wornthrough: Apparel from an Academic Perspective.
Previously she worked in research and curatorial roles at reknowned museums like the British Museum and the British Library. Over the past 10 years she has lectured on Indian and Asian art and textiles for several prestigious museums, universities and art societies including the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Library, SOAS-University of London, University of British Columbia, Asia House, Design Museum, Fashion & Textiles Museum, the National Textiles Museum of Malaysia and the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies and the Ashmolean Museum of Art at the University of Oxford. She lectures on cruise ships sailing throughout Asia, including Voyages of Discovery and Voyages to Antiquity.
As a cultural heritage travel writer, Jasleen writes for several travel and heritage publications in Europe & Asia and has her own travel page in The Oxford Times newspaper.