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Fashion designers to boost NE textile workers

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ITANAGAR, Oct 27 - Fashion designers from the UK and India are set to come together to be part of a project aimed at benefiting women textile workers of North East.

The British Council and IMG Reliance signed an agreement recently to help exotic indigenous textile products of the region get a global platform through the project � �A Telegram from Tripura�, a senior official of the Council said.

�The project will bring UK designer Bethany Williams and Indian designer Aratrik Dev Varman together to explore new fashion systems and approaches with women textile workers of Northeastern region in focus,� Director of British Council in India, Alan Gemmell, said in an interview.

IMG Reliance is a joint venture between IMG Worldwide of the US and Reliance Industries. However, it is not known when the UK designer would reach India and meet Dev Varman, who hails from Tripura.

The final work, to be presented at the Lakme Fashion Week in February next year, will showcase female textile artisans and demonstrate how design innovation can promote a fairer, more inclusive fashion industry, Gemmell said.

�We want friendship between India and North East, in particular by bringing art and culture, and educational opportunities from our country,� he said.

The British Council has given scholarships to 500 students from India for academic exchange programme in 44 universities of the UK, the official said. � PTI

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Fashion designers to boost NE textile workers

ITANAGAR, Oct 27 - Fashion designers from the UK and India are set to come together to be part of a project aimed at benefiting women textile workers of North East.

The British Council and IMG Reliance signed an agreement recently to help exotic indigenous textile products of the region get a global platform through the project � �A Telegram from Tripura�, a senior official of the Council said.

�The project will bring UK designer Bethany Williams and Indian designer Aratrik Dev Varman together to explore new fashion systems and approaches with women textile workers of Northeastern region in focus,� Director of British Council in India, Alan Gemmell, said in an interview.

IMG Reliance is a joint venture between IMG Worldwide of the US and Reliance Industries. However, it is not known when the UK designer would reach India and meet Dev Varman, who hails from Tripura.

The final work, to be presented at the Lakme Fashion Week in February next year, will showcase female textile artisans and demonstrate how design innovation can promote a fairer, more inclusive fashion industry, Gemmell said.

�We want friendship between India and North East, in particular by bringing art and culture, and educational opportunities from our country,� he said.

The British Council has given scholarships to 500 students from India for academic exchange programme in 44 universities of the UK, the official said. � PTI

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