Bachelor of Textile Design

The Textile Design curriculum is planned to equip students with vision, knowledge, skills and methodology to function successfully in the industry, composite textile mills, craft sector, or as an independent entrepreneur.

IVS is known for its unique design sensibility and has been providing the design industry with its graduates to bring the positive change.

Aiming to bridge the gap between industry and education, B. Des in the department of Textile Design reframes design education within the context of the present day Pakistan. IVS has a strong Textile Design Department which is comprehensive and has supported the textile industry and the private sector over two decades. The department offers Textile Design and Fashion Design as two major streams providing students with an advantage. The interdisciplinary approach broadens students’ understanding of Textile and Fashion in its contextual relevance.

The programme combines studio-based projects with extensive design research and a commitment to the craft sector.

Courses in both areas are structured to achieve creative problem solving abilities and emphasis is placed on quality of design in relation to products through the application of colour, design theory and the rich history of textiles. Assignments are planned with the aim of developing skills, analytical thinking, observation and communication. Students develop perception and vital skills to create designs suitable for specific fields including home, apparel accessories and textile art.  Research is conducted on contemporary textiles and fashion to develop consciousness of the local and global markets.

Textile Design

Print Design, Weaving and Design Intervention are offered as core subjects. A range of supporting courses and workshops are also offered throughout the progression of study.

An introduction to basic print design provides a grammar of different repeats. Hands-on learning is emphasized where the source is evolved and translated into design suitable for apparel, home textiles, craft and accessories. Different techniques of screen printing, block printing, digital and resist methods are introduced. Research on vegetable dyes is done to enhance awareness of natural and indigenous materials. Students also work extensively with chemical dyes through theory and hands-on practice. The weaving curriculum provides a thorough understanding of weaving techniques. Each student learns to design and execute from simple to more complex projects on the loom, suitable for apparel, tapestry, upholstery, home textiles and rugs. In off-loom projects students are encouraged to work with found material and explore different weaving techniques. Visits to local weaving centers, textile mills and design houses are also arranged.

A history of traditional and contemporary textiles of the South Asian region is taught through seminars and lectures with the help of audio visual aids. A course in merchandising is conducted by professionals from the industry. Emphasis is placed on linkage with the latter, which at times collaborates as a real life client.

A sensitive approach to dealing with craft and their makers is an integral part of the department’s responsibility. Students are encouraged to learn from tradition and evolve their work towards market sustainability and contemporary sensibilities. They develop a portfolio, take a professional direction and work towards a final project. They are expected to work on problems of increasing complexity and to expand upon personal career goals. In the final year the students are required to work in the industry as internees to gain real life experience.

Print Design

In the third semester, an introduction to basic print design provides a grammar of different repeats such as straight, half drop, three-point, mirror, ogee and non-directional. Emphasis is placed on hands- on learning where the motif is evolved from a source of inspiration and translated into different printing repeats. In the fourth semester students are introduced to print design for the textile industry, keeping in mind technical aspects of industrial printing such as repeat and colour limitations. In the third year the complexity of print design course increases as students learn to work with coordinates, a larger scale of repeats, and develop an understanding of how to design a product acknowledging market demands.

Computer graphics has significant impact and offers practical implementation to theoretical studies. Students work on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design and create art works, which are ready for manual printing, rotary/flatbed machine printing and digital printing. The objective is for students to achieve confidence when designing materials for display and print.


This course focuses on the basic principles of fabric construction. In the third and fourth semesters, students are introduced to loom functionality, starting from warping, heddling, reeding and weaving. The recognition of different thread counts and basic weave structures such as plains and twills are taught through graphs and wrappings. In the  fifth semester,  students work with existing woven fabric collected from the market and analyse weave structures. This fabric analysis helps construct variations of the weave structures. Woven fabric samples are produced for either apparel or upholstery, ready to be adapted for industrial use. They apply acquired skills and further develop their weaving portfolio, with emphasis on colour and construction. Products are made according to market specifications.

Computer graphics has significant impact and offers practical implementation to theoretical studies. Students work on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design and create art works with technical specifications. The objective is for students to achieve confidence when designing woven materials for home and apparel.

Design Intervention

This course aims to revive and create awareness for an existing or a dying craft. The objective of the course is to teach students to meet challenges involving the marketing of a craft. Emphasis is placed upon making the product functional and maintaining quality without taking away the identity of the indigenous craft. Students learn to respect and value tradition along with humility towards the craftsperson. Diversity of product range, which is marketable and economically feasible, is emphasized. The course is supported by research and documentation of the chosen traditional craft, for example ralli, namdas, susi, khes, pattu and regional embroideries. Linkage with craft organizations is maintained to ensure sustainability.

Computer graphics has significant impact and offers practical implementation to theoretical studies. Students work on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design and create art works with mapping their designs on various products.


Drawing is an essential component of the textile design programme as it supports all the elements of design. In the third semester, students are trained in observation, proportions, perspectives and nature drawing in pencil and water colour. The fourth semester course focuses on detailed and realistic replications rendered in pencil, pen, ink, water colour and various other mediums and techniques.

Fifth semester onwards, drawing is incorporated in all studio courses. Here the emphasis is on numerous rendering techniques such as cut colour, dry brush and simplification of compositions through different mediums (acrylics, poster colour and pastels oil and chalk). Combination of these mediums in one composition helps explore its diversity. Further, the course contents advance, primarily focusing on conceptual thinking and mind challenging exercises, along with realistic still-life, enhancing the student’s creative skills.

Craft Documentation

Craft Documentation has been introduced in an effort to document the existing crafts of Pakistan. It requires research in the craft person’s environment. Students carry out field research in urban and rural sectors and then record the origin, system and status of the craft through written and visual tools. (i.e. notes, drawings, photographs and film). This compilation adds to the department’s resource and can be disseminated to collectors, institutions, students and NGOs in a book form or as craft maps.

Introduction to Merchandising

This course is a survey of the field of merchandising and the principles of retailing. It is intended to provide students with basic understanding of marketing, merchandising, sourcing, production and related functions within the framework of textile and fashion apparel industries.


History of Textiles is focused towards the knowledge of our rich cultural heritage, and global contemporary textiles. This course encourages research on different textiles, supported  by  audio and visual aids. Dialogue and research are encouraged and information is gained through books, magazines, dissertations and other resource material.


The Apparel Design course begins with an introduction to creating garments. This includes composing of mood boards, research boards and trend pages. The second stage of this course deals with the understanding of garment construction, finishing and placements. A finished garment is created at the end. This course comprises a skill and design oriented path and answers the continual demand from the fashion industry for trained talent to design garments. The course creates an interface between apparel, textile and craft industry, which revitalizes the former and in turn benefits the designers greatly by incorporating indigenous methods of weaving, printing and ornamentation in apparels.

Recycled Textiles

This workshop teaches recycling and reprocessing of used or left over textile materials. Research in recycled textiles is conducted in local context. Through this students are expected to gain new insight in innovation, creativity, experimentation and contemporary demands for the craft and industrial sector. Various techniques of off loom weaving are introduced to create desired results.

Fabric Manipulation

Fabric Manipulation workshop allows students to be as experimental as possible with a variety of fabrics. The focus is on sampling, material manipulation, and experiencing how different textiles and fibers interact with their environment. Students explore useful ways of identifying creative applications for fabric by creating 2-D and 3D surfaces using techniques like folding, pleating, burning, cutting and many others to reshape the surface of fabrics.

Fabric Manipulation workshop allows students to be as experimental as possible with a variety of fabrics. The focus is on sampling, material manipulation, and experiencing how different textiles and fibers interact with their environment. Students explore useful ways of identifying creative applications for fabric by creating 2-D and 3D surfaces using techniques like folding, pleating, burning, cutting and many others to reshape the surface of fabrics.

Fiber Art

The Fiber Art course focuses on a conceptual approach to 2D and 3D forms. It utilizes materials such as fabric, yarn and natural/synthetic fibers and prioritize aesthetic value over utility. Students study techniques complementing textile fibers such as stitching, weaving, dyeing etc. or by any other non-conventional method. Study of contemporary art works created by national and international artists and designers is an important part of this course.



Students are familiarized with both natural and chemical dyes through lectures and hands-on practice. Emphasis is laid on colour matching and fastness.

Natural Dyes

This workshop focus on the knowledge of traditional methods of dyeing. Students are introduced to the indigenous roots and herbs that are locally available. Preparation of the dye bath in the traditional manner is demonstrated and a sample book, showcasing a variety of dyes, is compiled. A complete colour range is developed in cotton, silk and wool threads.

Chemical Dyes

Students are also introduced to different types of chemical dyes and their properties. Various techniques of tie and dye such as chunri, stitch and clamp resist are explored, which are then made into fabric samples.

Methods of Printing

Block Printing

This workshop aims to teach the techniques associated with the preparation of colours used in block printing. Students are taught the technicalities, preparation of the printing table and the actual printing process. Visits to block printing studios and workshops are facilitated to see the crafts persons at work.

Screen Printing

Students are introduced to various technique of screen printing. An understanding is developed of the procedures involved such as the making and stretching of frames, exposing of negatives, colour mixing and the actual printing process. Field trips to various screen printing units are arranged. Experimental printing is encouraged to keep the students updated with new trends and processes.


This workshop entails a build-up of different ornamentation techniques in the form of a sample book. It includes the derivation of different stitches from traditional textiles, finishing and edging details. Students are introduced to a variety of decorative materials such as beads, tassels, sequins and metal thread used in combination with basic stitches and their variations. Students are also required to make a product that incorporates the techniques mentioned above. Visit to the local market is important for sourcing raw material as well as embroidery studios for an in depth understanding.


The art of basketry is the oldest off-loom textile technique. Students are encouraged to use indigenous palm leaves and reeds. Extensive sampling is carried out in two- and three-dimensional techniques for a variety of products. A master craftsman is invited to demonstrate and teach the traditional basketry techniques.


In the eighth semester students are required to undertake a final thesis project. Students have the option to design a collection/ range of apparel, furnishing fabrics, home textile and textile craft. All designs should be developed from a theme or source. Students must have the ability to meet the requirements for the composite mill in print, woven and apparel design, and for the craft sector. Thesis assessment is carried out by internal and external jury at the end of 16 weeks. The evaluation criteria is based on the student’s ability to develop design, composition, use of colour, level of skill, exploration of medium and understanding of technical and production aspects in his/her work.


During the summer break (between the seventh and eight semesters) students are sent for a six week internship to textile mills, NGOs working with textile crafts, or weaving units (mechanical and hand loom). Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight in both theory and practice. Career options are explored in fields of employment related to their course of study. This is mandatory for all students to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Study Visits

Study trips are undertaken to promote better understanding and hands-on experience of techniques and environments of traditional and contemporary textiles. These trips are self-financed or through sponsorships and fundraising events.

3rd Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA354 Histories of Art, Design and Architecture III
— 1855 up till Modernism
LA308 Islamic and Pakistan Studies 3
FA301 Drawing 3
TD321 Textile Design I

Print Design


Design Intervention

TD346 Workshops


Methods of Printing

 Total Credits 16
4th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours




Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture

Islamic Art and Architecture

Tracing Contemporary Art

Psychoanalysis and Art

FA401 Drawing 3




Textile Design II

Print Design


Design Intervention

TD446  Workshops



TD403 History of Textile I 3
Total Credits 16
5th Semester
Course Code  Course Title Credit Hours







General Electives:

Critical Notions of Space and Place

Politics and Power in Literature

Urdu Adab

Philosophical Inquiry

Sustainable Cities and Communities








Art Electives:

Art in the Time of the Raj

Introduction to Performance Art

Culture on Display

Sonic Force in Contemporary Art

Screening the Body: Gender, Race and Nation in
Visual Culture





Design Studio I

Print Design


Design Intervention




Studio Electives (Apparel Design)

Studio Electives (Fiber Art)

TD503  History of Textile II 3
 Total Credits 18
6th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA612 Research Methodologies

(Pre-Req for Final Research Paper)






Dialogues in Philosophies of Photography

Past is Prologue: Theories in Historiography

Introductory  Psychology

Music and Ideas





Design Studio II

Print Design Design




 Studio Electives (Fabric Manipulation)

Studio Electives (Recycled Textiles)

D630 Craft Documentation 3
 Total Credits 18
7th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
LA768 Final Research Paper 3
TD754  Design Studio III 9
TD727  Introduction to Merchandising 3
 Total Credits 15
8th Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
TD835  Internship 3
TD834  Thesis 12
 Total Credits 15

Total Credits Semesters 1-2: 35
Total Credits Semesters 3-8: 98
Total Credits required for a Bachelor in Textile Design degree: 133

Disclaimer: Curricula are continuously under review and Indus Valley School reserves the right to alter, substitute, eliminate from or add to the list of courses and details at any time without any notice.

Head, Associate Professor

Imrana Shahryar

PGD Apparel Design, IVS, Pak B. Des, IVS, Pak

Associate Professor

Muhammad Umer Rehman

MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA BFA, PIFD, Pak

Assistant Professor

Seveen Zaki Muneer

MA Textile Futures, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, London, UK. B. Des, IVS, Pak

Assistant Professor

Samia Usman

MS Design Marketing and Merchandising, AIFD, Pak

Assistant Professor

Tanzeel Saeed

B. Des, IVS, Pak

Assistant Professor

Abdul Rehman Arif

M.Phil. History of Art & Design (Ongoing Research) University College of Art & Design, Research center PU Lahore
Master in Fine Arts (M.A) Distinction Multan College of Art, Multan
Bachelor, B.F.A. (Textile Design) Distinction University of Baluchistan, Quetta


Nausheen Faiz

B. Des, IVS, Pak

Academic Programme Assistant

Saad Iqbal

BBA (Hons.), Iqra University, Pak

Professor Emeritus
Shehnaz Ismail

PGD Textile, Hornsey College of Art, London, UK B. Des, NCA, Pak


Mannal Jaydar

BA (Fashion Design), AIFD, Iqra University, Pak


Mehvish Khoso

B.FD, IU, Pak


Sadiqa Ahmed

MA, KU, Pak, BA, KU, Pak


Sikander Ali

BA, KU, Pak

Summaiya Jillani

BFA, KU, Pak


Ali Raza

Sewing Assistant


Anees ur Rehman


Dev Immu

Dyeing Assistant


Jevan Viba

Printing Assistant


Mohammad Altaf Ansari

Master Weaver