Staying at the forefront of all that is about fashion and fabric in the country, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is aligning forces with the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, to host ‘Weaves of Banaras’ as part of the upcoming ‘Make in India Week’ to be held in Mumbai, on February 14th, 2016 at the ITC Grand Central.
For this initiative that will showcase the prowess of the country’s robust manufacturing sector, FDCI has roped in 12 veteran design gurus with a distinct sensibility such as Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, JJ Valaya, Ashish Soni, Arjun Saluja, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre, Abraham & Thakore and Abhishek Gupta. FDCI stays true to its commitment to promote the ‘Make in India’ label as handlooms take centre stage, in a country where heritage is soaked in the flavours of indigenous crafts.
Designers will incorporate Banaras in their style repertoire, braided with the woven wonders that the holy city is known for. The mavericks will draw inspiration from the vast world of textiles. As they reinterpret interesting and intricate details like knitting and weaving to add an undeniable flavour to the craft-soaked ensembles. Conceptualised and executed by the FDCI, the show will celebrate the crafts of Banaras, its luxurious weaves and the vivacious skills of the weavers, hoping to give viewers a phenomenal experience.
Amitabh Kant, Secretary DIPP Government of India, “Banaras is not merely the fountain head of civilisation but of textile, fabric and weaving. In Banaras the master craftsmen weave magic and create the most exquisite pieces using Indian colours and design. Weaves of Banaras is a once in a lifetime show bringing together India’s finest contemporary designers highlighting its traditional strengths.”
Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “We are glad to announce the impressive list of 12 designers for ‘Weaves of Banaras’ who will narrate a story through the use of ingenious silhouettes which bring alive echoes of the past while giving it a modern twist. Our designers understand the lexicon of crafts which is why they are able to incorporate their seamless beauty in their design’s architecture.”
V Sunil, Director- Motherland Joint Ventures & Creative Director – “Make in India Initiative, Make in India week- and Make in India in general – is about showcasing what India has to offer. But it is also about packaging India’s tremendous potential in a way that is relevant to India’s global partners and India’s youth. Weaves of Banaras show is a great example of this repackaging: the unrivalled artistry of Banaras, re-imagined by our country’s foremost creative minds.”
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