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Tribal students to don NIFT designed uniforms
Aug '10
Students in the special government run-schools in the tribal areas of Gujarat will get a chance to don uniforms designed by the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar. The Eklavya Model Residential School students will be the recipients of these uniforms.

The students studying in this school in a town called Tilakwada in Narmada District are poor tribal children of farm labourers or wage workers. The mission of these schools, managed by the Tribal Ministry of the Gujarat Government is to arm them with required skills to join the mainstream.

One of the persons involved in the development of the uniforms is Ms Panchami Mistry, Associate Professor, Fashion Design department, NIFT. Fibre2fashion spoke to her exclusively to know about this new initiative to help the poor tribal children.

She said, “In Narmada, there are a lot of tribal villages and these kids are from under-privileged backgrounds. The government has started many schools in Tilakwada and is paying for the kids schooling and all the other activities.

“We started interacting and stayed with the school children for a few days. We observed the kind of food, activities and earlier uniforms of these children. We also contacted other schools and got to know many other things.

“We observed the fabrics and designs and then we called up a meeting where we finalized some designs and colours, after which we started developing samples. Then we went back to Tilakwada again to check the measurement and comfort zone of the students.

“Then we asked the students as to which designs, they were comfortable with and also involved the caretaker and teachers in short-listing of the designs. We were also involved with tender committee. The uniforms currently under production and these students will receive them as gifts during Diwali”, she concluded by saying.

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