Bhubaneswar, 22/01 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Inaugurating the National Workshop on “Promoting Handloom with Fashion” in the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) campus in the State capital, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed that the handloom and handicraft of Odisha not only form an integral part of rich Indian culture and heritage but also are widely appreciated all over the world for its exquisite design, beautiful colour combination and skill.
“The ancient rock-cut caves and beautiful stone carvings engraved in the temples of Odisha provide a glimpse of the rich tradition of crafts, art and sculpture of Odisha. Our Ikat design, stone carving, wood carving, silver filigree, appliqué, patta painting, terracotta, dhokra casting, bell metal works, tribal painting etc. have earned appreciation world over and hold considerable promise for economic empowerment of people of the State”, he said.
He was happy that NIFT has initiated action for bringing the handloom weavers and fashion designers together. The NIFT over the years has emerged as the premier institute in the fashion industry imparting training on design, management and technology and developing professionals. NIFT has integrated the ‘Craft Cluster Initiative’ into its curricula that allows students to work in collaboration with the artisans and weavers from different geographical areas of the country. This will help in exposing the students to the challenges faced by the sector and in introducing new designs, techniques and materials for benefit of weavers and artisan community, he added.
Chief Minister further added “The workshop is a right step in right direction. NIFT’s young talented students have participated in a competition ‘Design Sutra’ organised in various categories where they have produced diverse collections and displayed in the form of an exhibition. The “Design Sutra”, envisages bringing the designers and the handloom weavers together for reinventing handloom with fashion, infusing new ideas for producing a wide range of products as per the liking of customers. NIFT through ‘Design Sutra’ encourages enthusiastic stakeholders in handloom sector to participate and understand the problems that exist in the sector”.
Among others Union Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha’s Minister of Handloom &Textiles Snehangini Chhuria and Member of Parliament Dr. Prasanna Patasani were present on the occasion.