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Clothed in exquisite charm

Staff Reporter

— Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Vivid: A youngster evinces interest in the display at Russian and Indian handicrafts exhibition in Chennai.

CHENNAI: Cross-stitch patterns on off-white canvases and traditional dresses of different countries took the centre-stage at the exhibition of ‘Russian and Indian handicrafts,’ organised jointly here by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and Srijati Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT) on Tuesday.

From portraits to picturesque sceneries, a wide range of themes was chosen for the embroidery patterns. Students of SIFT came up with miniature designs of traditional dresses worn by people from various countries.

They created most outfits with authentic fabrics of the respective countries. Kimono, for instance, was designed with a unique silk fabric used by Japanese women to design their dresses.

Thick wools, soft cottons and synthetic fabrics were also used.

Inaugurating the exhibition, National Institute of Fashion Technology Director S.Devadoss said the demand for fashion designers has grown and the field could expect further growth in the years to come. Many fashion technology institutes have mushroomed in the country owing to the growing need for quality designers and the southern states are leading in producing a large number of fashion designers.

Craft is an identity for a country’s history and reflected the creativity of its people. On economic slowdown and its impact on industries, Mr.Devadoss said India has not been much affected mainly because major chunk of revenue for the country comes from rural sector, which was not as volatile as urban industrial sector.

Crafts played a vital role in bolstering the country’s economy, he added.

SIFT managing director Geetha Viswanathan urged the students to be on the look out for the right opportunity in the field of fashion and make a mark through their distinctive creations.

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