Amity School of Fashion Technology organized a daylong Conference on the theme “Sustainable to Innovative Fashion and Textile” at University Campus, Sector-125, Noida
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Pradeep Joshi – DG,Amity Directorate of Applied Arts/Fine Arts/Performing Arts/Visual Arts said that Fashion is a rapidly evolving industry and it is very important for students to be apprised with latest developments in the industry. He expressed his hope that the discussions and deliberations during the Conference will be helpful in enlightening the students with the latest trends in the fashion industry.
Addressing the students, Ms. Payal Kapoor- Fashion Designer said that the fashion in today’s world need to be sustainable and green through the use of eco-friendly mediums such as organic cotton, linen blend which use less chemicals, using second hand clothes and organic dyes. She stressed that it is important to take care of environment and other important non-renewable resources such as air and water since they are heavily polluted during the process of making garments.
Ms. Mitali Shah- The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujrat, while sharing her views on “Upcycling Fashion: an innovative alternative ideas for sustainable fashion”stated that fashion industry is one of the biggest sectors causing pollution.She revealed that over 150 billion clothes are produced every year and the demand is surging high due to increased fashion awareness, media awareness,fast fashion, shift in consumers lifestyle. She stated that an average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing annually, which adds upto 3.8 billion pounds of avoidable waste. Talking about re-cycled/refurbished clothing, she stressed that textile waste has the potential to be of great value, possibly even greater than its original form through re-cycling which is a safe, healthy,economic and ecological process. Outlining the challenges in re-cycling the garments in India, Ms. Mitali stressed that people in India prefer gifting old clothes to odd job workers rather than giving for re-cycling and moreover,collection is a problem because of huge population and density. Highlighting potential solution, she suggested that collection point for used clothes can be made in malls, bus-stops, railway stations for convenience of consumers and Indian designers should tie up with NGOs to upcycle garments. Consumers need to be educated about the pollution generated by fast fashion and encouraged to take care of over-consumption in environmentally responsible way.
Ms. Ashima Arora- Apeejay Stya University, Manesar, while addressing the students on“Re-cycled clothing as part of eco-fashion in Indian context” stated that recycling of clothes is a trend which is quite popular in USA, Europe and other foreign countries but is yet to catch up in India.
Also,present during the first session of day long National Conference were Prof. (Dr.)Kusum Chopra- Ex. Chairperson and Professor, NIFT Delhi, Dr. Vidya Rakesh- NIFT Raebareli, Md. Ariful Islam- BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ms. Farhana Karim- University of Creative Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ms. Rashika Jain-Pearl Academy, New Delhi.
During the day, four technical sessions unfolded including – “Innovation in Marketing and Merchandising and skill development in textile and apparel sector”, “Innovative Technologies in textile and garment sector” and “Sustainable Textiles”
The Technical sessions were followed by poster presentation of research papers on topics such as “A sustainable route for denim finishing: Nanotechnology”, “An innovative approach towards sustainability: textile recycling”, “Conductive textile: a critical review”, “Importance of Textile education and skills”, “Refashioning apparel waste: A review”, “Zero Waste Fashion” and others