Nurul Akriliyati currently works a freelance instructor and lecturer in design and production for textiles and fashion, including natural dyeing, batik, ikat, silkscreen printing, weaving, knitting, felting, patternmaking, and sewing. Many of her students are craftspeople in their daily lives. She was previously a lecturer at various reputable fashion design schools, including Binus Northumbria School of Design, and ESMOD Jakarta.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Design from the prestigious Faculty of Textile Design, Fine Arts and Design, Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1997 and worked as a web designer, graphic designer, photographer, textile designer for several local companies. After she was named as the 2nd runner up of the Lomba Rancang Etnik Perempuan Citra 1999 ethnic fashion competition held by Citra, Indosiar, and Danar Hadi, she studied Fashion Design at the Susan Budihardjo Fashion School Jakarta in 2004. Nurul subsequently spent time Bali to conduct research on kain gringsing, the intricate double ikat textile that is only made in the village of Tenganan Pegringsingan as well as on the culture of the Bali Aga people. She received her Master of Art degree from Institut Kesenian Jakarta in 2017.