This years Sustainable Fashion Day at LFW 2018 took place on 1st February. It was a day dedicated to representing the vibrancy of cultures across the vast regions of India with two key collaborative projects showing.
The platform gave way to portraying the sustainability of heritage techniques, and the ethical way forward by supporting the rural population in arming them with skills in the industry.
TTL highlights of the day were Daniel Syiem x Meghalaya from the North East Project, Soham Dave x Dholka Cluster from Usha Silai Project and Padmaja Krishnan. Each showed a nuance in translating their source of inspiration with modern details, silhouettes and styling.
#NorthEastMojo | North East Project | Daniel Syiem x Meghalaya
The day’s opening runway show, titled ‘North-East Mojo’ focused on six designers, each showcasing the textiles of their respective states from the northeast region.
Daniel Syiem’s SS18 collection was one that stood out from the runway, not only aesthetically but also because of the motion set behind it.
Syiem, who hails from Meghalaya worked alongside weavers of the local villages in the state, especially in the Ri-Bhoi District. These weaver tribes are known to produce the heritage Ryndia fabric, hand-woven by local weavers of Meghalaya. The translation of the age-old technique was seamlessly portrayed in the form of jumpsuits, dresses and co-ords with touches of nuance in textural details and drapes.
#ReimagineFashion| Usha Silai Project | Soham Dave x Dholka
Soham Dave x Dholka, Gujarat cluster is just one of the four outstanding collaborations between women from the Usha Silai School clusters and designers in assocation with IMG Reliance. The collection played on striking textural surfaces on a monochrome palette.
The catwalk collaboration between 4 Usha Silai School clusters from Rajasthan, Bengal, Pondicherry and Gujarat with designers from the respective areas of India, was the launch of the ‘Usha Silai’ label.
Usha International Ltd has set up 14,058 Silai (Sewing) Schools across India since the launch of the initiative in 2011. The aim of the initiative is to train, provide employment to and empower women in rural villages across India. The women are taught how to sew garments, allowing them to become local entrepreneurs.
Padmaja Krishnan’s collection created a light feel, with earthy tones and fluid asymmetry. ‘Afternoon’ took note with subtlety, from artist Nasreen Mohamedi’s linear abstract, lyrical paintings.
The collection truly speaks for itself, with Padamaja’s integrity in sustainability and ethics by maintaining traditional textiles in the form of modern design.