The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) curated a unique show, titled ‘Made in South Asia’, for the World Bank in New Delhi on Thursday, January 31. The event showcased 60 outfits made from textiles created by women self-help groups from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Within India, the textiles came from eight states (Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh).
Fifteen FDCI designers participated in the event, each of them working with the craft and textiles of a particular South Asia region. The designers were Alpana Neeraj, Amrich:, Anjana Bhargav, Munkee See Munkee Doo, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Noughtone by Abhishek, Pankaj & Nidhi, Payal Jain, Payal Pratap, Pramaa by Pratima Pandey, Reynu Taandon, Rina Dhaka, Sanskar by Sonam Dubal, Suket Dhir and Suneet Varma.
This was the fourth in the series of textile-rich events organised across India by the FDCI this January. The previous shows were held at Red Fort, Delhi, Old Currency Building, Kolkata, and Sabarmati Riverside, Ahmedabad.
Commenting on the ‘Made in South Asia’ exposition, Sunil Sethi, FDCI President, said, “The World Bank has helped organise millions of women into self-help groups and provided skill development which is a crucial aspect of growth. The FDCI and our designers are delighted to be supporting this initiative and helping rural women find fresh avenues for sustenance and livelihood.”