Taking a leap forward the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) collaborated with the Development Commissioner handlooms to reinvent indigenous crafts executed by handloom weavers through effective skill development.
The Ministry of Textiles, headed by the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles Smt. Smriti Irani announced a revival strategy for the handloom industry on the occasion of the National Handloom Day held on August 7, 2016.
A Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate designer intervention at selected Weavers Service Centers across India was signed between Shri Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner Handlooms and Sunil Sethi, President Fashion Design Council of India.
This ceremony was held in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of Textiles Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Ajay Tamta Minister of State – Ministry of Textiles, Shri Mahboob Ali Minister of U.P. Govt. – Textile and Sericulture Industries and Textile Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma.
FDCI designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anju Modi, Rakesh Thakore, Rina Dhaka, Rahul Mishra, Abhishek Gupta, Samant Chauhan and Shruti Sancheti who were also present for the function in Varanasi, were allocated their Weaver Service Centers/handloom clusters in selected parts of the country.
Designers will impart professional training in design development at various Weaver Service Centers across the country. This will help add new vigor to age-old crafts, which will help make them more contemporary without losing focus of tradition.
This strategy has been devised with the long-term goal of making the handloom weaver an entrepreneur, through knowledge sharing and resource optimization.
Photo Caption_1: L-R Shri Ajay Tamta, Shri Alok Kumar, Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sunil Sethi & Rashmi Verma
Photo Caption_2: L-R Shruti Sancheti, Rakesh Thakore, Samant Chauhan, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Shri Mahboob Ali, Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles Smt. Smriti Irani & Anju Modi.
Photo Caption_3: Shri Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner Handlooms and Sunil Sethi, President Fashion Design Council of India signing the Memorandum of Understanding.
Photo Caption_4: The beginning of a voyage to promote Handloom at Assi Ghat, Varanasi. L-R Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra, Vaibhav Kapoor, Rakesh Thakore, Sunil Sethi, Temsutula Imsong, Smt. Smriti Irani & Anju Modi.
Photo Caption_5: Hon’ble Minister of Textiles, Smt. Smriti Irani alongwith Temsutula Imsong, a leading torchbearer of Swachh Bharat and FDCI President, Sunil Sethi.
Photo Caption_6: Smt. Smriti Irani & Sunil Sethi alongwith Vaibhav Kapoor and FDCI Designers; Abhishek Gupta, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra & Rakesh Thakore.