BA Chelsea graduate (2006) Yemi Awosile has been chosen to go to Pakistan as part of the British Council's The New Silk Road cultural exchange project. She will spend one month at a textile college in Lahore teaching about sustainable textile design and will also do research into the Pakistan embroidery traditions and the current textile industry. After Yemi's return, a textile designer/educator from Pakistan will come and do a residency at the textile department at Chelsea.

Yemi was recently an RCA Innovation Fellow exploring the commercial potential for her innovative cork-based knitted materials and is very interested in exploring potential for new materials in Pakistan.

Yemi follows on from designers Basso & Brooke who went to Uzbekistan last year, and textile weaver Ismini Samanidou who is currently out in Bangladesh as part of the project. You can read her blog about her experiences.