Indian and Bhutanese designers celebrate Khadi at Thimphu showcase
On Wednesday, seven Indian and Bhutanese designers came together to showcase Khadi designs on the runway at a fashion event in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The Bhutanese Royal Textile Academy hosted “Khadi - Thagzo, a textile presentation” on October 16 to celebrate the sustainable weave and the links between India and Bhutan. The event’s guests included several members of the royal family of Bhutan; the ambassador of India to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj; and the prime minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, as well as members of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission and other ministers, the Press Trust of India reported.
Four Bhutanese designers and three Indian designers showcased their latest collections at the event. Tshering Choden presented a maroon and white collection inspired by Bhutan’s national dress and Kencho Wangmo presented a collection in neutral tones inspired by Bhutan’s mountains. Chandrika Tamang presented a yellow collection to symbolise the national hue of Bhutan and sustainability and Sangay Choden mixed white Bhutanese textiles with hints of colour.
Indian designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anamika Khanna, and Samant Chauhan Singh also showcased their designs on the runway. The FDCI chairman Sunil Sethi announced at the event that he intends to continue the initiative. "We have a lot of plans to carry this initiative forward,” Sethi told the Press Trust of India. “We are planning to have a Bhutanese stall and India Fashion Week in March next year."
The event was organised by the Embassy of India in Thimpu and the RTA in partnership with the Union Government Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises and the Fashion Design Council of India. The occasion also celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. A similar Khadi fashion show recently took place in Nepal.
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