About Kiran Khan
Kiran Khan, is associate professor and the head of the Textile, Fashion and Jewellery department at Beaconhouse National University (BNU). After completing her studies in 1996, she joined the Pakistan School of Fashion Design ( PSFD), where she taught for eight years and developed the textile curriculum. During her time at PSFD, she went to Paris to pursue further studies in textile design, accessories and fashion drawing from La Chambre Syndicale De la Couture, France. She was also selected by JETRO, Japanese External Trade Organization for further training at Bunka College of Fashion, Tokyo. She joined BNU in 2004 and established the textile design department. Khan has had training in conservation of textiles and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Linguistics from BNU in 2014 which she feels is an essential link between the arts. She feels that "all textiles convey a different story and it is this story we understand through language".  Under her leadership, the department of textile is actively engaged in craft revival and was awarded the esteemed international Mac Jannet Prize by Tallories Network for a community craft Project called the “Humnawa Project”in collaboration with Sungi and Bunyaad under the Punjab Skills Development Programme to empower women of Southern Punjab.Currently along with her team she is developing a curriculum “Innovative Design for Empowering Women”, a joint venture with Kaarvan Craft foundation. Through this project a total of 150 women will be trained as leaders under the supervision on Textile and Fibre Studies Faculty at Beaconhouse National University. These leaders will then further train approx. 1600 women to encourage innovative thinking for all underserved craft practitioners in South East Asia.