Born Ethel Mary Partridge. Trained first at the Royal Academy of Music. During extensive travels to Ceylon, India and Europe became dedicated to weaving. Married to Ananda Coomaraswamy, Ceylonese geologist & philosopher 1903-1913. Returning to England, was a neighbor of C.R.Ashbee and his Guild of Handicrafts before establishing her own weaving studio, the Gospels, in the Catholic crafts community of Ditchling ( founded by Eric Gill). Second marriage to Philip Mairet, designer, journalist and major British Christian intellectual. Ethel Mairet published widely and advocated a return to vegetable dyeing. Among her students at Ditchling was Peter Collingwood.