“Craft & Textile to the fore at AIFW”, says Sunil Sethi

Watch out for a special, off venue show dedicated to traditional textiles of Assam by fashion designer Samant Chauhan at  Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter (A/W) 2017  which kick starts on March 15 and closes on March 18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, New Delhi.

Spotted at the launch of Rohit Bal’s new menswear store Balance was Sunil Sethi, man of the moment for fashion world  as we await the start of the AIFW. Despite the truly busy schedule Sethi must be keeping right now, he took time off to drop in to wish dear friend Bal good luck for his latest venture. Sporting a Assamese handloom waistcoat bought from the state government emporium, an enthusiastic Sethi promised some great moments for lovers of Indian textiles and handicrafts at this edition of the fashion week.

The opening show too has the  FDCI and Sally Holkar’s The Handloom School joining hands to acknowledge the anonymous craftsmen who are behind the rich and diverse textile and handicrafts tradition of India. With 13 designers / labels like Akaaro, Antar-Agni, Eka, Good Earth, Neeru Kumar, Nicobar, Pero, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Raw Mango, Rohit Bal and Suket Dhir.

My friend veteran designer Madhu Jain too be celebrates 30 years in the industry as a craft revivalist and textile conservationist by showcasing her work with heritage fabrics.

Also a fashion week  special is a dedicated  Indonesian textiles and techniques showing that is a result of FDCI’s partnership with Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) to enable a cross-cultural exchange of designer talent between the two platforms.

Designers Abraham and Thakore will highlight handwoven and handprinted pure Indian cotton textiles.Also showcased will be creations of Jharkhand as it is the partner state for the fashion week.

Sethi adds,”The idea is to bring in fresh energy through the medium of textiles which is the driving force in the Indian design ideology. This fashion week too as always will be multifaceted as we explore the  subtle processes that lead up the final refinement of Indian fashion”.

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