The Textiles India Summit 2017: everything you need to know
Textiles India Summit 2017 was an enormous initiative by the Ministry of Textiles, our honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and so on. Inaugurated by him, it kicked off in Gujarat and was positioned as India’s first B2B (business to business) textile event. Moreover, this highly anticipated exhibit drew attention to his inspiring vision – “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign exports.”
Day 1: Hosting an audience of over thousand members, IMG Reliance Industries Limited produced and curated the “Symphony of Weaves”, India’s largest fashion show. It took place at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar and presented a riveting story about innovations in craft, design, and development of our textiles. It was narrated through the works of 31 eminent and emerging designers who picked a textile or weave from North East, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam etc, revived techniques to create exquisite pieces. While pulling inspiration from 7 key notes of music that form the Sargam, a base for any tradition of music, they showcased fabrics by presenting the entire spectrum through 7 segments –
Its evolution was depicted by Anavila Misra, master craftsmen Chaman Siju from Kutch and Richana Kkumanthem from Manipur alongside Wendell Rodricks for Goa Kunbi Cotton Handlooms.
This category featured Banarasi Silks by Sanjay Garg, Meghalaya Ryndia Silk by Daniel Syiem, Bangalpur Silk by Payal Khandwala and Tussar Silk from Jharkhand by Shruti Sancheti.
Designers Rahul Misra, Rajesh Pratap Singh and so on presented its evolution.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Prominent designers like Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani etc showcased in this category.
5. Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabrics
These were showcased on the runway by Poochki for Master Craftsman Berulal Chippa from Rajasthan showcased Bagru handicraft and Vineet Rahul for Mohammed Yusuf Khatri from Bagh, Madhya Pradesh showcased Bagh handicrafts.
6. Modern Textiles
Designers Gaurav Gupta and Pankaj & Nidhi presented contemporary textiles.
7. Futuristic Textiles
In the final segment designers Amit Aggarwal, Hemang Agrawal and Manish Arora showcased metal yarns and recycled fabrics.
Day 2: It revolved around another fashion show, the ‘Indian Handloom Brand’ which was curated and produced by IMG Reliance. Here, the spotlight was on handloom fabrics in organic dyes. Designers Rajesh Pratap Singh and Hemang Agrawal collaborated with handloom clusters from Varanasi whereas Anavila Misra collaborated with clusters from Gadwal. Another segment included looks by retail brands like Biba and Peter England.
Long story short, apart from being a refreshing ode to Indian heritage textiles and weaves, the Summit also turned out to be the perfect platform to celebrate the unique landscape of fashion in dynamic India.
Written by Amaira Chhabria