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Ethel Mairet
Nationality: 
english
Gender: 
Female
Birth Date: 
1872
Birth Place: 
Devon, England
Death Date: 
1952
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.