Khadi-Thagzo, a special event celebrating the textile heritage of Khadi and traditional Bhutanese fabric, was curated on 16 October at the Royal Textile Academy, Thimphu.
This was a joint effort of the Embassy of India, Thimphu and the Royal Textile Academy, Thimphu together with the support of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In follow up to the event, it is proposed to retail Khadi in Thimphu, bringing this heritage fabric of India to Bhutan.
Ace Indian designers who showcased their work among the 48 ensembles were Anamika Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Samant Chauhan.
Bhutanese designers Chadrika Tamang, Kencho Wangmo, Tshering Choden and Sangay Choden brought their talent to the show too, fusing Khadi with Thagzo hand-made textile of Bhutan to create innovative garment lines.
Six other Indian designers, Anjana Bhargav, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Paras Gairoliya, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra and Renu Tandon created an exclusive Khadi ensemble each.
The event had, as as objective, to encourage traditional textiles and weaving, both a forte of India and Bhutan, and to foster a collaboration between the traditional textile artisans and designers from both countries, further cementing the close & friendly ties between India & Bhutan.
The Khadi-Thagzo presentation was witnessed by a high-profile audience including Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck as the Chief Guest, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, KVIC Chairman as the Guest of Honour, Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering, Cabinet Ministers, Ambassadors, members of the media and several other distinguished guests.