#Artisans Speak: Event organised by the Ministry of Textiles to celebrate the achievements in the sector

To recognise textile and to admire it with the whole heart is an art where you love the passion for creativity and handlooms. A mesmerising backdrop of the Sawan Pavilion in Delhi’s historic Red Fort, the Ministry of Textiles on Saturday honoured stalwarts of the textiles sector, as well as 16 artisans who have enriched the handloom world. The event was named as #Artisans Speak, which showcased India’s glorious legacy of textiles. The event was organized by the Fashion Design Council of India.

FDCI president Sunil Sethi, “This was an evening of firsts—the first time that such an event was held in the surreal setting of Red Fort; the first time that we paid tribute to India’s top master weavers and crafts persons; and, most certainly, the first time that these artisans came together on a common platform with fashion designers and other creative individuals who have contributed so much to the textile industry. It was an honour for the FDCI to be associated with the Textile Ministry on Artisan Speak and to help organize an event of this nature.”

Many known and talented designers showed their participation at the event, Anita Dongre, Anju Modi, Gaurang Shah, Rahul Mishra, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rohit Bal, who showcased traditional wear in all its glory. Out of the 16 artisans who were honoured at the event, eight are Padma Shri awardees, and others are recipients of the Sant Kabir Award which the Indian government confers on outstanding weavers. Check the collection which was presented by the designers.

Among the awardees were craft revivalist and textile conservationist Madhu Jain, who has a special place in the Indian fashion world. Madhu Jain has worked with weaver communities over a 32-year-long career, was honoured for introducing bamboo fibre as a viable alternative textile into India.

It’s time that we being fashion followers should also realize that we should involve ourself for conscious environment and take our steps for sustainable fashion. Let’s make most of it if we are living in a country like India which is known for it’s heritage and tradition.

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