Noor jehan Bilgrami is a visual artist, textile designer, researcher and educationist. Founder member of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, she was its first Executive Director and former Chairperson, Board of Governors. She is also a member of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Her atelier, Koel, pioneered the revival of hand block printed, handloom and natural dyed fabrics in Pakistan. The Koel Gallery, established in 2009, is a vibrant platform for emerging and established artists.
She authored the publication, ‘Sindh joAjrak,’ and made a film to document the traditional textile. She authored ‘Craft Traditions of Pakistan’ and ‘Born of Fire,’ a profile of Pakistan’s renowned ceramist Mian Salahuddin and a documentary film. She also curated a Retrospective Exhibition.
Noorjehan was awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship to pursue research on natural indigo in Japan and curated the exhibition ‘Tana Bana: The Woven Soul of Pakistan’ in the US and the Japan Folk Craft Museum, Tokyo. She spearheaded “Pursukoon Karachi,” a concept for the revitalisation of the city, working with a team of over 300 artists, designers and creative persons. She is the founder President of “Pakistan Craft Council”, a non profit organisation, committed for the betterment of traditional crafts and master-craftsperson.