The Textiles India Summit 2017: everything you need to know

Talking Textiles

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 –

1. Cotton

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.

Chaman Siju

Intending to rethink designs, he opted for unexpected pairings and teamed crisp shirts with an elegant cotton sari’s.


2. Silk

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.

Payal Khandwala

Equal parts fierce and feminine, her color blocked designs in Bhangalpur Silk Handloom were strong and simple.

3. Wool

Designers Rahul Misra, Rajesh Pratap Singh and so on presented its evolution.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

Rajesh Pratap Singh

Bringing a fresh take on androgyny, he incorporated wool into his designs and made his capsule look oh-so modern.

4. Embroidery

Prominent designers like Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani etc showcased in this category.

Manish Malhotra

While reinventing chikankari through his spectacular designs, he leaned towards tassels, fringes, capes and so on.

Rohit Bal

His exquisite and detailed embroidery on regal ensembles left us spellbound!

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

His designs featured an elegant mix of heavy Zardozi work and his signature Benaras weave, making each piece elaborate yet understated.


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.

Vineet Rahul

The designer duo created contemporary kimono jackets, overcoats and so on which grabbed quite a few eyeballs.

6. Modern Textiles

Designers Gaurav Gupta and Pankaj & Nidhi presented contemporary textiles.

Gaurav Gupta

7. Futuristic Textiles

In the final segment designers Amit Aggarwal, Hemang Agrawal and Manish Arora showcased metal yarns and recycled fabrics.

Hemang Agarwal

For his capsule, he collaborated with handloom clusters from Varanasi and beautifully blended traditional handloom with a global aesthetic.

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.

Anavila Misra

To revive the techniques used by Gadwal weavers, she designed alluring cotton linen sari’s with pure silk borders and a pallu!

Bina Rao

In this capsule, she has adeptly weaved contemporary styles with traditional handlooms, in an endeavour to create sustainable fashion.

Aziz Khatri


A master dyer, he has created pieces with rich patterning and concepts which are modern yet classic in design and aesthetic.

Pratima Pandey

Using a soothing color palette, she presented her designs with delicate floral detailing which made for interesting looks.

Peter England

Their pieces on the runway were all about simplicity and clean lines.


With roots steeped in traditional crafts, their looks were elegant and easy to wear.

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