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India Day at London Fashion Week Press Release

Posted on: February 15, 2020 | Back | Print

High Commission of India, London in collaboration with INIFD and London School of Trends organised a Fashion Show of Sarees at London Fashion Week, Victoria House on 15th February 2020.

The event began with a welcome video describing Indian textiles, culture and highlighing the 5-F formula given by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi. Thereafter a fashion show of clothes designed by young designers from India took place.

The Saree show began with a video message by Minister of Textiles, Mrs Smriti Irani, where the Minister spoke about the splendid display of Sarees and heritage of India.

High Commissioner, Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam in her remarks paid tribute to the weavers involved in the intricate weaves from different parts of India and talked about the role of Sarees in lives of Indian women.

Seventeen most prominent weaves and embroideries of various states of India, from Kashmir to Kerala and Assam to Gujarat, were showcased through Sarees, reflecting India’s rich heritage. The display also highlighted significance of the Indian textile industry which is one of the largest industries in India. It is also the second largest industry in terms of generating employment, providing work opportunities to more than 35 million people in the country. It contributes 4 per cent of India’s GDP and accounts for 35 per cent of our gross export earnings.

Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for UN, Commonwealth and South Asia and DFID, Lord Jitesh Gadhia along with several prominent dignitaries from the Diplomatic community of various countries, fashion designers and prominent media graced the occasion.

Lord Tariq Ahmad, after the event spoke of his connection to India and praised the diversity displayed through the heritage of Sarees, along with the bright future of Indian textile showcased by young designers. High Commissioner, Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam felicitated the young designers from INIFD and London School of Trends at the High Commission.

The event was first of its kind in the history of London Fashion Week and attracted a lot of attention from the foreign community and media.