To pay a tribute to “Bapu” and to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary, Indian Embassy in collaboration with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), conducted a historic presentation where two cultures met on one platform creating an iconic setting at the Royal Textile Academy, in Thimpu, on Wednesday.
The event was organized by the Indian Embassy in collaboration with the Fashion Design Council of India. The other partners were MSME-KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission) and Royal Textile Academy.
The ingenious creations in Khadi and Thagzo took the centre stage. The host and Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj, KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi and its Board of Directors were present at the occasion.
The Chief Guest of the event was Queen mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck and other distinguished members of the Royal family of Bhutan – Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck and Ashi Deki Yangzom Wangchuck, along with Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering were also present.
H.E. Kamboj said events like these strengthen the ties between Indian and Bhutan.
“Tonight, we honour our countries through collaboration, our people with compassion and our remarkable friendship through art…The night is not just about glorious textile presentation but also about the opening of new collaborations,” she Kamboj.
FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi said, “We are grateful to the Indian Embassy, for hosting 50 talents from designers, choreographers, makeup artists to models for this unique presentation. The Indian Embassy and the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan will send a team of Bhutanese designers which will be part of the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week in March next year and we hope this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful association.”
The evening began with Rajasthani folk artiste Samandar Khan and his troupe presenting classic Sufi style.
Indian designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anamika Khanna and Samant Chauhan presented Khadi with a modern look. Chauhan’s Ahimsa silk and Anamika’s hues of red and cutwork were superlative and each one elevated the humble fabric to high fashion giving every piece a distinct character.