FDCI presents 'Threads of Banaras' at India-Africa Forum Summit 2015
by Isha Gakhar Marketing | October 30, 2015 | News
FDCI Sunil Sethi
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), a non-profit organisation presented a unique initiative entitled, ‘Threads of Banaras’, in association with The Ministry of External Affairs, as part of the First Ladies’ Programme during the ongoing India-Africa Forum Summit. Showcased on Oct. 29 at The Leela, the collection was conceptualised by 'Ekaya' in the form of a 25-minute show that ran over four segments, paying tribute to the vivacity of 'Banaras' and its ubiquitous weavers.
Commenting on this association, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI, said, “The authentic treasure of 'Banarasi' weaves and handlooms are priceless and deserve to be showcased at global platforms through either ramps or museums. This remains the biggest strength of our country and we need to tap its vast, untapped potential.”
Sethi also took this opportunity, to thank the Ministry of External Affairs, for giving FDCI the opportunity for partnering with them for a prestigious event like this. “We are delighted about this collaboration, as it is in keeping with our unflinching commitment towards handlooms. It modernised traditional textiles and gave them a sparkling new avatar,” he added.
The gala fashion show was attended by a host of First Ladies from participating nations of the Indo-African Summit such as Burundi, Comoros, Angola, Eq. Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
The event also had the presence of many eminent personalities including Ameena Jung, Sunita Kejriwal, Jaya Jaitely, Bharti Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Neelam Pratap Rudy, Joram Rina Rijiju, Manju Singh and Punita Kumar Sinha, to name a few.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) associated with The Ministry of External Affairs to present ‘Threads of Banaras’ as part of the First Ladies’ Programme during India-Africa Forum Summit.