India Runway Week New Delhi, Season 8 – April 28-30, 2017
For those little fashionistas in us, there is some great news. The 8th season of India Runaway Week is happening in Delhi and starting from April 28, 2017. Make your weekend plans because no matter how big the India Runway Week gets, there you will always find fresh new names and lot more fresh swag. And yes, of course, the old designers that we can’t stop going gaga over will continue this season too.
This year theme: Weavers at Centre Stage on 8th season of India Runaway week.
The weavers of India are its biggest assets. Indian hand woven fabrics are popular all over the world and they have been known since time immemorial. India was exporting textiles to most parts of the civilized world in ancient times but throughout history and in the current situation, there is evidence that shows that weavers have always been a victim of a staunch hierarchical system. Being at the bottom of the system they fall prey to the extreme forms of exploitation.
To raise voice for weavers and generating livelihood for hundreds of such rural artisans there are some identified organizations who promise to take an effective step. These organizations made a significant contribution to the lives of the artisans especially women who are working with it. They are geared up to help and improve weaver’s economic as well as social status.
Indian Federation for fashion Development has joined hand with four of these organizations i.e Rangsutra, SoCHE, Banka Silk, and Gestures by Kriti who will present the work of artisans at current season of India Runway Week Summer 2017 ramp which is starting from 28th of April to 30th of April 2017. These identified organizations strive to bring the traditions of India to customers all around the world with its unique creations and products. It not only helps its artisans become wage earners but also spreads awareness about the traditional crafts of the region, thus helping preserve a rich part of India’s national cultural heritage.
“The purpose of this show is to raise the current conditions of the weavers and to propose the importance of such organizations and social security to the custodians of this ageless art.” Said by Fashion director, Kiran Kheva, India Runway Week
Rangsutra is a craft company of thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the desert regions of Rajasthan and plains of Eastern Uttar Pradesh whereas SoCHE is reviving this languishing and less popular hand embroidery practiced by women around the border areas of Barmer. Banka Silk on other hand is imparting the required skills to the weaver’s community of Banka, connecting them with the markets and helps create an Eco-system wherein the weaver’s community can become self-sustainable. And lastly Gestures by Kriti is a livelihood support and outreach initiative that began in 1999, to promote ethical, sustainable and socially conscious thinking & buying of ‘community made’ products.