In his foreward to the first edition of The Art of Kantha Embroidery (1981), Syed Zillur Rahman commended the book as the ‘first of its kind on the traditional arts of Bengal’. This revised second edition of The Art of Kantha Embroidery includes all the information contained in the first edition but also brings it up to date by including the rapid changes that have taken place in the kantha since its revival in the eighties. With the help of line drawings, black and white and colored photographs, the book documents kantha stitches, motifs, border patterns, articles and styles. It provides a detailed analysis of the technique of kantha embroidery as well as a glimpse into the lives of the women of rural Bangladesh.
Niaz Zaman has edited several anthologies, including Selected Stories from Bangladesh, 1971 and After, The Escape and Other Stories. Her study of the Partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, won the Atwar Hussain Award of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the National Archives Award. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.