Textile Design , Apparel Design , Hand-woven and Hand-printed Textiles , Design Education in Textile and Apparel Design and Associated Technologies
Krishna Patel is a graduate of NID and has spent about four decades as a design educator at NID; she has also taught at other design institutes in the USA and UK. She was a visiting faculty at NID from 1977–1980. From 1981–1997, she was a full time tenured faculty at NID. During this time, Krishna taught basic and advanced courses in both Textile Design and Apparel Design, and actively contributed to curriculum development of both disciplines in capacity of coordinator and faculty. During her tenure at NID, she initiated collaboration with the International Wool Secretariat—the outcome of which was a course in Knitwear Design. She also introduced courses in the area of Functional Wear, Children’s wear and Men’s Wear. Krishna was an important part of the Jawaja project that NID undertook in the 1970s. Weaving being her area of interest, she initiated structure and material based research at NID.
Krishna co-authored a comprehensive tome called Fibre and Loom: The Indian Tradition with historian Dr. Lotika Varadarajan, which was published in 2009. Krishna was the Consultant and Curriculum Development Coordinator at Kalaraksha Vidyalaya, Kutch; she was also a visiting faculty at the institute. In 2002, she did an MFA from Arizona State University (ASU), USA. Her work was published in Fiber arts Design Book 7 in 2004. Krishna again joined NID as a faculty in November 2011. She has had the privilege of exhibiting her own work at several platforms within the country and overseas. She has also taught as visiting faculty at ASU, Penland School of Crafts and Rhode Island School in USA.
Krishna has taught in the Post-graduate education programme in NID, Apparel Design from 2012. She also teaches courses related to weaving and surface design, in the Textile Design discipline as well as Craft workshop and Craft documentation in Life-Style and Accessory Design discipline.
She was the Dean for the NID PG Campus, Gandhinagar from 2014 to 2019 March end. As part of the Outreach activities for African countries, the Ghana basketry project was headed by her and the programme has