Sharmily Sarker Mishu

Assistant Professor & Head, BUFT


Ms. Sarmily Sarker is a highly accomplished and passionate educator, currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fashion Studies at BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her experience spans over a decade in academia and the fashion industry, with a rich repertoire of skills that intersect at the junction of fashion, textiles, and sustainability.

Born in Bangladesh, Sarmily's initial education began with a B.F.A and M.F.A in Textile Design from the prestigious Visva-Bharati University in India. Her educational journey continued with a PGD in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands, and a short course in Fashion Trend Forecasting from the London College of Fashion. This eclectic educational background honed her expertise in various domains, including textile design, fabric construction and analysis, trend research, color theory, and sustainable design.

Her tenure at BUFT began as a Lecturer in September 2012 and evolved to Assistant Professor in 2016. Sarmily had the unique experience of serving as the Department Head of Fashion Design from August 2017 to March 2019, thereby showcasing her leadership abilities. Moreover, her role as a Guest Faculty at NIFT, India, under the IFFTI Faculty Exchange Program, underscores her global exposure.

Sarmily's contributions extend beyond academics, with a stint as a Textile Designer at Aranya Crafts Ltd., a renowned association of Bengal Foundation. Her work revolves around sustainable textile design, eco printing, and dying, which reflects her commitment to environmentally conscious practices.

Sarmily's rich body of work is also reflected in her extensive list of workshops and short courses. Her active participation in seminars, conferences, and professional training programs has kept her in the vanguard of knowledge and expertise. Sarmily has also distinguished herself through numerous exhibitions, both solo and group, showcasing her creative prowess and unique perspective.

Her research publications and projects reveal a scholar with a keen interest in integrating sustainability into fashion and textiles. Projects like NICHE, Step Up+, and Buying 2 emphasize her focus on CSR and innovative management in the Readymade Garment sector, fostering change in the fashion industry through a business perspective.

Sarmily's talent has been recognized internationally, receiving awards like the Uday Shankar Memorial Award in Painting by the Governor of West-Bengal, India, and the winner of the International Poland Competition.

As a mentor, she's helped nurture future fashion leaders through events like The Karun Thakar Scholarship Award 2023 and the YELLOW-BUFT Fashion Fest 2019 &2023. Sarmily's commitment to her students' growth and her pursuit of innovative, sustainable practices in fashion and textiles make her a respected figure in academia and the fashion industry. 

Teaching/Research Specialization

Sarmily Sarker is an exceptionally accomplished professional with extensive specialization in the domain of fashion and textile. Her wide-ranging skills encompass various facets of this creative industry, transforming her into a true powerhouse of talent. Sarmily's portfolio displays her proficiency in textile design, fabric construction, and analysis, underlining her versatility and keen eye for detail.

She demonstrates an impressive ability in trend research and analysis, comprehending the evolving dynamics of fashion and the textile industry, and integrating these insights into her work. Adept at color theory and pattern development, she has a knack for creating innovative and aesthetically appealing designs that align with the latest trends. Her talent in textile and fashion surface ornamentation accentuates her creative prowess, further enhancing her value as a professional in the fashion industry.

Evidently passionate about the environment, Sarmily has dedicated herself to mastering eco printing and dying. She has a considerable understanding of sustainable textile design, highlighting her commitment to eco-friendly practices. Her profound knowledge of textile materials contributes to her comprehensive understanding of the subject, which she generously shares with her students, ensuring a holistic learning experience for them. 
Finally, what sets Sarmily apart is her excellent collaboration and communication skills. She has a natural ability to express complex ideas in a manner that is easy to comprehend, making her an effective educator. She values teamwork and has a reputation for her strong leadership and time management skills, which have proven crucial to her successful career.

Sarmily Sarker is truly a force to be reckoned with in the fashion and textile industry, with a comprehensive skill set that serves as a testament to her dedication, passion, and undeniable talent in the field.  

1. IFFTI Conferences Paper. 26th March,2015 Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China. Sub Theme: Craft. Technique. Intangible Cultural Heritage, Title: Jamdani Design for the Future
2. Eco Fashion: A Study of Consumer Perception and Preference in Bangladesh, IJIR, Vol- 2, Issue- 12, 2016. ISSN- 2454- 1362
3. Seminar Paper - Bangladeshi Fashion Industry and its internationalization, 9th May, 2019, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University is a university, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.