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Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Eight selected USHA Silai School women entrepreneurs got a chance to learn and work under the guidance of different designers. Designers Soham Dave, Sayantan Sarkar, Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav, and Sreejith Jeevan along with USHA Silai School women curated a collection for Lakme Fashion Week 2018.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

With the black sewing machine as the central source of his inspiration, designer Soham Dave, conceptualised a collection to honor the human-powered sewing equipment that has been a tool of livelihood for many rural women in India.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Soham Dave, who is also the lead designer at the SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre and Director at Showroom J - a buying and retailing house, taught his group of USHA Silai School women the art of producing simple yet trendy garments.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Abstaining from using electricity to produce his label, Soham Dave's collection for the USHA Silai label emphasised on the skills of the artisans which according to him is the main essence of a label.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

A design graduate from NIFT, Kolkata, Sayantan Sarkar created a collection for the USHA Silai label that showcased heavy use of block prints and wild batik-designs.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Using cool and calming colors, the collection exuded a sense of freshness which is perfect for Indian summers.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

The collection Sayantan put together with his team of USHA Silai School women included dresses, jackets, pants and summer tops all of which were created with the distinctive 'Sayantan Sarkar' style, a label that caters to prêt as well as couture lines for men and women.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Taking inspiration from the quaint architecture of Puducherry, Sreejith Jeevan, a design graduate from the National Institute of Design, conceptualised his collection to incorporate the ethos of the tropical state.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Using block-colors in contemporary styles, the designer brought onto the runway the tropical essence of Puducherry. Creating a timeless style emphasising the spirit of the city, his collection embodied the modern women in India.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Training and encouraging the women in his USHA Silai School cluster, Sreejith, put together a successful collection which received rousing response from the attendees of the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 in Mumbai.

Silai School Women At Lakme Fashion Week 2018 With Their Mentors

Soham Dave, Sayantan Sarkar, Sreejith Jeevan along with the USHA Silai School women, took a bow at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 in Mumbai where their collection received massive applause.

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About the Initiative

About the Initiative

Kushalta Ke Kadam, an initiative by NDTV and USHA, aims at empowering women from rural India and encourages them to become entrepreneurs by taking up sewing and training others in their respective communities. Since 2011 Usha Silai Campaign has trained more than 3.95 lakh rural women within five years, with 17,000 Silai schools, spanning over 9272 Indian villages in India.

 

Kushalta Ke Kadam in Season 4 has returned with new goals and vision. The new season will witness the establishment of the new cluster in Kashmir, apart from the existing four clusters setup last year. The women from volatile Kashmir will work with well-known fashion designer Rohit Bal and get an unique opportunity to learn from him and make clothes for him. The work done by the Silai School women will be presented at Lakme Fashion week 2019.

 

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