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Hemang Agrawal - The new age textile designer New! Paid Article

Not every fashion design graduate wants to move out of comfort zones, and out of glitzy metros. Hemang Agrawal was one of those exceptions who did. He went back to his hometown of Varanasi and has since been promoting traditional Indian textiles. In a freewheeling conversation with Meher Castelino, Agrawal speaks about the passion that drew him out of the mundane.

One does not often get to see a fashion design graduate switching weaves, devoting his life to the promotion of Indian ...

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Convertible clothing: Getting rid of fashion stereotypes Paid Article

Innovation flows through the veins of fashion designers and textile houses. There was a time when people mocked at those who made the mistake of wearing their clothes inside out. That was the side with rough stitched edges, faded designs and untidy looks.

Designers and fashion houses worked on the concept of reversible clothing and today, reversible clothing is in. Convertible clothing is similar to this idea. With busy schedules and tight budgets, customers are always on a lookout ...

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3D printing: Reinventing fashion

3D printing is conquering the fashion world. Although the pioneering new technology still has limitations, more designers are today experimenting with it and create entirely new looks. This spring, the first 3D print fashion show was organised in New York, showing what the future of fashion might be like, writes Regina ...

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Maharashtra to get textiles park for eco-fashion Paid Article

The state minister for textiles announced the government's plans at the recent Consortium of Green Fashion event in Mumbai. And as the event itself showed, sustainable fashion is fast gaining currency among students and experts alike, says Meher Castelino.

Maharashtra may soon establish a textiles park dedicated solely to eco-friendly products. The indication came at the recent Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF) 2015 in Mumbai where the state textiles minister made a case for the ...

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Green: The Next Black Paid Article

At the end of the day, it's only the people and the planet that will matter. The day will come when whatever is not sustainable, may not be seen as fashionable at all. It's in industry's own interest that 'people' and 'planet' are inscribed in bottom lines, writes Subir Ghosh.

News about solar and wind energy have been making headlines over the past few months. And not because renewable energy is a focus area of the current government in India, but because it's a need-based practice ...

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For muga, the ride is not as smooth as silk Paid Article

Much of the sheen of the muga, the golden silk from Assam, has been lost. This has been for a variety of reasons - from government apathy and lack of marketing knowhow among weavers and manufacturers to climate change and devastating floods. Hope, however, still remains, especially in the initiatives of people like Dulal Chowdhury, who developed the technology for a mechanised process of making muga fabric right from reeling to weaving. Rubaiyat-ul Ali reports.

Muga, the fabric with ...

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