Monisha Ahmed is an independent researcher whose work largely focuses on art practices and material culture in Ladakh. Her doctoral degree from Oxford University developed into the book Living fabric – Weaving among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (2002),which received the Textile Society of America’s R L Shep award in 2003 for best book in the field of ethnic textile studies. She has published several articles on textile arts of the Himalayan Buddhist World as well as other areas in India, more recently a chapteron textiles for The Arts and Interiors of RashtrapatiBhavan – Lutyens and Beyond (2016), and the catalogue Woven Treasures – Textiles from the JasleenDhamija Collection (2016). She co-editedLadakh – Culture at the Crossroads (2005) and collaborated onPashmina – The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond (2009). Formerly Associate Editor ofMarg, she is co-founder and Executive Director of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO), Leh.