The Indian Embassy in Bhutan, in collaboration with the FDCI and MSME-KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission) from Indian and Royal Textile Academy, Bhutan,organized a unique textile showcase in Thimphu in celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event Khadi-Thagzo, heldon 16th October, at the Royal Textile Academy, Thimphu,celebrated the hand-woven textile traditions of the two countries with leading Indian designers and Bhutanese designers presenting their limited collections in both the textiles. Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj, hosted the celebrations and showcase. The Chief Guest of the event was Queen mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck and other distinguished members of the Royal family of Bhutan – Princess EuphelmaChoden Wangchuck and Ashi Deki Yangzom Wangchuck, along with Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering. Also present were KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, FDCI Chairman, Sunil Sethi and its Board of Directors.
With the objective to bolster the friendly ties between India and Bhutan, the initiative sought to foster collaboration between the traditional textile artisans and designers from both countries, The talented Bhutanese designers Chadrika Tamang, Kencho Wangmo, Tshering Choden and Sangay Choden, along with Indian designers Anamika Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Samant Chauhan, presented a total of 48 ensembles made of Khadi and Thagzo hand-made textiles. Additionally, six Indian designers, Anjana Bhargav, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Paras Gairoliya, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra & Reynu Tandon, created one special Khadi apparel each, for the event.
Ambassador of India to Bhutan, H.E. Ruchira Kamboj said, “The night is not just about glorious textile presentation but also about the opening of new collaborations.” FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi said, “We are grateful to the Indian Embassy, for hosting 50 talents from designers, choreographers, makeup artists to models for this unique presentation. The Indian Embassy and the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan will send a team of Bhutanese designers which will be part of the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week in March next year and we hope this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful association.”
Rajasthani folk artiste Samandar Khan and his troupe presented their Sufi music. Chef Akshay Kumar of Taj Tashi, Thimphu, prepared a special Satvik cuisine from the holy city of Varanasi.