Our country proudly boasts of being the largest producer of cotton and jute and most importantly of having the largest weaving capacity in the world. It is here that garments are made right from the yarn stage and later exported to other countries. And these are facts enough to promote the immense potential of the textile industry in home ground. For which, the Ministry of Textiles, lead by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, decided to support the space by hosting Textiles India 2017 in Gandhinagar. Starting today till July 2, 2017, this three-day, one-of-a-kind debut trade fair claims to bring textiles, traditions and technology, all under the same roof.
Around 1,000 international and national exhibitors and more than 20,000 international and domestic buyers are expected to attend this event. Moreover, the event schedule has slots for talks, discussions and conferences initiated by world leaders. There’s also a direct opportunity created for brands to not just build but also grow their businesses in this space.
Textiles India 2017 has a strong network of India’s well-known designers who have been rooting and promoting this event. In fact, 31 of India’s design geniuses will display their collections over a span of these two days. Two fashion shows dedicated to the art of Indian textiles have been slated as the ‘sartorial showcase of the year’. Titled Symphony of Weaves, the curtain raiser that was held today showcased works of designers such as Rahul Mishra, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh. While duo Abraham & Thakore presented their love for recycled textiles through their work, Manish Malhotra’s line used chikankari as the main design technique. Anavila Misra worked with pure handwoven linen from West Bengal that was detailed with textures and zari. On the other hand, Anita Dongre made use of Benarasi handloom with gota handicraft embroidery while Sabyasachi chose zardozi for his collection. Designers like Ritu Kumar, Gaurav Gupta, among others, have worked with futuristic textiles, Benares metal weaving, recycled material, Baghru handicraft, and other varied themes and elements.
The Indian Handloom Show, that will happen tomorrow, will be about designers who’ve created pieces made of handloom fabrics in organic dyes. For this show, some designers (including Hemang Agrawal and Rajesh Pratap Singh, among others) have collaborated with handloom clusters from various parts of the country. The idea is attempted to promote ‘Make In India’ and the use of handwoven, handloom as well as sustainable textiles.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who inaugurated the event explained the vision behind it as, “From farm to fibre, fibre to factory, factory to fashion, and fashion to foreign exports.” Thanks to this initiative, one can expect a massive push for the textile industry. In fact, we think this debut attempt will help connect India with the global market of investors, manufacturers and consumers.