Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What are the advantages that Indian textile sector got with the “Textile India Summit 2017”?

Union Ministry of Textiles recently hosted the first ever Textile India Summit at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The event was staged at Mahatma Mandir. With this event, Gandhinagar became the centre of Indian fashion for a few days. The main aim of the event was to celebrate the fashion and handloom traditions of the country. The event lasted for three days and started with a welcome address that was given by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, alongwith Smriti Irani (Union Textiles Minister), Richard Heald (UK India Business Council Chief Executive Officer or CEO), Gautam Hari Singhania (Raymond Group), Kumar Mangalam Birla (Aditya Birla Group), and Arvind Lalbhai (Lalbhai Group). Joining the group were dignitaries such as Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Vijay Bhai Rupani, the Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat, and Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (AP).  

Modi’s opinions
While addressing the events Modi opined that textile is a category that acts as a bridge between the industrial sector and the agricultural sector. He dwelt on how important it has been for the millennia stating that it has been mentioned in the shastras (scriptures). The former CM of Gujarat also said that textiles made a major contribution with regards to Silk Route of the past. He also stated how different states in India got their identity from their handloom traditions.

Need for silk, scale, and speed
In his speed, Modi focused on the need for “silk, scale and speed”.  He mentioned that compared to so many other nations of the world India was already in a strong position because of the status that textiles enjoyed in the country. Smriti Irani, who graced the occasion in a Patola sari, said that the attendees of the event were being witnesses to history being made in the domain of textiles in India. She also referred to Mahatma Gandhi, saying how through his woven thread he made the charkha, a much beloved instrument, an expression of India’s desire for freedom.

Textile India Summit 2017
Symphony of Weaves
This was easily one of the highlights of the entire show. This fashion extravaganza was produced and managed by none other than the renowned IMG Reliance Industries and took place on the opening day itself. The fashion presentation event itself was a unique one considering how it illustrated the story of Indian textiles by way of advancement in design and craft that were quite unique by themselves.   

The importance of Textiles India 2017
Textiles India 2017 is being posited as the first of its kind business to business (B2B) textiles event being staged in India. It started on June 30 and ended on July 2 and was supposed to bring to reality an inspiring vision of Narendra Modi. "From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign Exports". One of the major aims of Textiles India is to show how strong the value chain in India is. The show came up with a rather compelling story of textiles in the country and there was special focus on innovations being made in areas such as design and craft.

The biggest of its kind

As far as curated presentations on Indian textiles are concerned this one was the biggest of its kind in India. It told the story of growth and development in the textiles sector of India. It showed how the sector had transformed to become a global power to be reckoned with. There were seven key segments of the show that may be enumerated as below:
  • cottons
  • silks
  • wools
  • embroidery
  • hand-dyed and hand printed
  • modern/industrial textiles
  • futuristic sustainable textiles     

It basically showcased the entire spectrum as it is. 

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