On the occasion of ‘National Handloom Day’, the students of Whistling Woods International – School of Fashion adorned the campus with beautiful colours, as they were dressed in their regional ethnic attires. The cultural event held at the campus to celebrate the pre-historic art of handloom in India, was graced by popular designer and expert, Bhamini Subramaniam. The designer spoke at length about the history of the handloom industry in an interactive session with the students and faculty. The expert also shed light on the evolution of handloom and its significance as part of the session.
The session was followed by a series of cultural performances through the form of dance, music and monologues by the students, to express their love and gratitude towards the varied cultures of India as part of the National Handloom Day celebration. Each performance perfectly reflected the essence and culture of different states, paying tribute to the magnificent art and heritage of the country.
While advising the students, Bhamini Subramaniam said, “Handloom is an indigenous and sustainable art. It has a certain kind of sacredness attached to it. In the recent times, this form of art is not valued and is diminishing at a rapid pace. It is the duty of the future designers to promote and convince the coming generations to cherish this beautiful form of art.” While interacting with the students, she urged them to preserve the ancient art and also value it. She further added, “I think the students must wear khaadi at least once a week, and make it a norm for everyone.” She also mentioned the uniqueness that handloom fabrics bring to our rich culture.
The event culminated on a high and positive note. The guest of honour was presented with a token of appreciation by Rahul Puri, Head of Academics at Whistling Woods International. Wishing the students all the best for their future endeavours, she asked them to enjoy their time at the institute and create a mark for themselves in the fashion industry.