Dr Sharmila has 30 years of experience working with students of design, industry, grassroots technologies, weavers, and artisans. She is the former Director of Woxsen School of Arts and Design, who created and built the academic legacy in Telangana. She was Associate Professor with Nift, Hyderabad, for a decade. She was in the United States for ten years and worked with retailers such as Coldwater Creek and Kohl’s, a very successful chain of fashion all over the country.
She has been a connoisseur for khadi, handloom and handcrafted all her life. She has been bestowed with the “Eminent Person” award for the development of Handlooms, Khadi and Handcrafted Textiles in the state. On the National Handloom Day, Shri KT Rama Rao, Honourable Cabinet Minister for IT E&C, MA&UD and Industries & Commerce Departments, honoured Dr Sharmila Nagraj Nandula at the Peoples Plaza, Necklace Road in a grand celebration amidst an august gathering.
In her pursuit to bring handloom to a larger audience and wider platform, Sharmila brought a new perspective through her PhD. Her doctoral research titled “Effect of Conscious Connective Processes in the Supply Chain of Handlooms and Apparel in India” gave her a platform to quantify the goodness of handlooms, natural dyes, and organic cotton woven in horoscope weaving.
The research was exhaustive and complex, with deep data points covered, compared, and analyzed to conclude that Cotton Handloom fabrics enhanced the emotional and physiological parameters and a significant improvement in the wearer’s energy field.
Her Venture, Kaumudi Studio, promotes handlooms as: “Handloom: The Conscious Fabric” and “Handlooms the Vitamin H”. Her “Movement” called “Change Wardrobe Change Lives” is picking momentum through various forums. Being a weaver herself, Dr Sharmila holds exclusive rights for Horoscope Weaving in India which she learnt from her mentor, Ms Bonnie Tarses from Montana USA, who is weaving since 1960.
She says her work is a drop in the ocean of handlooms and wishes to continue her work around Design, Education and Empowerment for the next few decades.