Union Minister Narayan Rane on Wednesday inaugurated the Center of Excellence for Khadi (CoEK) at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in New Delhi, and its departments in Gandhinagar, Shillong, Kolkata and Bengaluru were opened by the minister, an official statement said. The center aims to add the appeal of indigenous fabric, especially among young people, by introducing the latest designs and adopting international standard processes.
In addition, the minister also launched the CoEK website where the latest design and technology interventions will be uploaded for use by khadi institutions. “There is a need to gauge the popularity of khadi against other major players in the Indian fashion industry. Our designers must introduce such attractive designs in khadi that people are tempted to buy khadi as much as they buy other clothes,” he said.
He further added that Khadi has a great responsibility to contribute to the development of the nation and achieve the goal of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, and simultaneously, designers have a responsibility to introduce new designs in khadi and make it appealing to young people. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of CoEK was signed between KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) and NIFT last year and the project will be implemented over a period of three years.
“CoEK will strive to introduce the latest designs and adopt international standard processes to create new fabrics and garments as per the needs of domestic and global buyers. The CoEK will also enhance the skills of khadi institutions to introduce new designs and techniques into the manufacturing process to diversify the khadi product line,” the official statement reads.
With entries from PTI.
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