In keeping with the Government of India’s initiative to showcase the prowess of the country’s robust manufacturing sector, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, in collaboration with the FDCI will host ‘Weaves of Banaras’ as part of the Make in India Week. It will be held in Mumbai, on February 14th, 2016 at the ITC Grand Central.
FDCI has roped in 12 veteran design gurus – Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, JJ Valaya, Ashish Soni, Arjun Saluja ,Anju Modi,Anita Dongre, Abraham & Thakore and Abhishek Gupta, each of whom has their own distinct sensibility.
The designers will incorporate Banaras in their style repertoire, braided with the woven wonders that the holy city is known for. They will also draw inspiration from the vast world of textiles as they reinterpret interesting and intricate details like knitting and weaving to add an undeniable flavour to the craft-soaked ensembles.
Conceptualised and executed by the FDCI, the show will celebrate the crafts of Banaras, its luxurious weaves and the vivacious skills of the weavers, hoping to give viewers a phenomenal experience.
Amitabh Kant, Secretary DIPP Government of India, said, “Banaras is not merely the fountain head of civilisation but of textile, fabric and weaving. In Banaras the master craftsmen weave magic and create the most exquisite pieces using Indian colours and design. Weaves of Banaras is a once in a lifetime show bringing together India’s finest contemporary designers highlighting its traditional strengths.”
Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “We are glad to announce the impressive list of 12 designers for ‘Weaves of Banaras’ who will narrate a story through the use of ingenious silhouettes which bring alive echoes of the past while giving it a modern twist. Our designers understand the lexicon of crafts which is why they are able to incorporate their seamless beauty in their design’s architecture.”