Shahnaz Khan has always been an embroidery enthusiast, but it wasn’t until a 2018 trip to India to learn about textiles that her passion for traditional embroidery was ignited. Connected through her cultural heritage to Pakistan and Greece, Shahnaz loves what can be gleaned about culture and history through the various adornments of cloth with a needle and thread.

Shahnaz lives in New York City where she works as a costume tailor for Broadway, film, and television, and also teaches sewing and embroidery classes. She has an MFA in costume design and is currently studying textiles and patternmaking at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her interest in embroidery has led her to take classes at The Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock in London, and The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. She continues to seek out classes and workshops in all embroidery traditions and techniques, both locally and abroad. Shahnaz loves teaching and hopes to be able to inspire her students to incorporate traditional embroidery techniques into their contemporary work.