Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion

 National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is organizing an International Conference: ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ in the new year, with the aim of initiating a conversation on fashion, culture, textiles, crafts and sustainability. As a prelude to this conference, NIFT will host a preview involving an engaging panel discussion in the presence of keynote speaker David Abraham and its star alumni- Sunita Shanker, Suket Dhir, Sanjay Garg, Pratima Pandey, and Swati Kalsi on 6th December, 2017 at New Delhi.

When we talk about fashion we do not usually talk about the things which is affecting the constants of culture, environment and the future in fashion. For the basics of understanding Fashion is just a piece of garment that is really fancy and we wear it and look great. But the community of fashion is not oblivious to the retrospect of the current conditions of the wprl to the effects of things happening in the environment.

On 6th December NIFT Delhi held a conference with names such as the Suket Dhir, David Abraham, Sanjay Garga,
Pratima Pandey and many more to actually reflect on the questions that had been formed of weather the culture, the crafts and other aspects of the new global technologies affecting our trade affecting the environment and still holding the essence of the traditional crafts.

When argued and questioned that is craft still the same like it was before, we all had our own ideas to it but David Abraham mentioned a very valid point that even though the crafts have remained the same it will change through time and it is us who are here to conserve and preserve and showcase the beauty of these arts. Suket Dhirt pointed throughout the generations of crafts men have been doing the same art and through certain generation the craft is the same ans stagnant but out of the years there is always on genius who takes these art to a new strata and concluding that its the nature of everything to change and evolve.

When we talked about crafts we wanted to know is Indian textiles still valued in the international market as it is in
India. Sunita Shanker had a point where she explained that the international market was more keen on  keeping the crafts because it was to them a luxury. When we talked about luxury it was a term which we all questioned and asked “What do you mean by luxury?” or “What is luxury exactly?” here Pratima Pandey said that people think luxury is something which is something that is expensive stating the general notion of luxury we talk about. But Designer Swati Kalsi mentioned something which takes time and is the final rich handmade product but also very limited is real luxury. Davis Abraham pointed out that we partake to understand that things which is really expensive and something to show off is considered luxury. Which to be correct is what we think luxury is. Do not lie and say you do not think that way. Suket Dhir being a great designer himself mentioned that for his take luxury is something which is long lasting and made of the highest quality and even after years of wearing it still retains it initial quality, he added to acquire such a product you need to spend a considerable amount of money but if you want something which is of great quality you haven to invest in it.

National Institute of Fashion Technology announces the ‘Call for Papers’ for the International Conference from 31st January -2nd February 2018 at New Delhi, India.

The theme of the conference ‘Rediscovering Culture: Transforming Fashion’ aims to initiate conversation on fashion, culture, textiles, crafts and sustainability by providing an interdisciplinary platform to share perspectives and practice-led research experiences on the issues and concerns, challenges and possibilities of changing existing fashion practices. Trans-global cultural narratives may enable relevant issues to transcend the regional to take on global significance. Some pertinent questions that the Conference seeks to discuss are

  • Can rediscovery of regional craft cultures hold the key to sustainability and empowerment?
  • Can the symbiosis of environment and human knowledge-skills engender new design definitions and experiences?
  • Is green technology the solution to sustainable apparel production systems?
  • How can the hand-made revitalize markets?
  • How can fashion education become catalyst for rediscovering culture?

Research papers / thematic posters may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics under the subthemes:

I. Cultural Transformation by Design

  • Tradition and contemporaneity of fashion
  • Redefining culture through craft revival
  • Co-creation
  • Craft as luxury

II. Tech-novation

  • Green manufacturing
  • Digital technologies
  • Compliance and sustainability standards

III. Business Models

  • Innovative business structures
  • Fair Trade Practices
  • Digital retail for rural producers

IV. Fashion Education

  • Pedagogy of craft-fashion linkages
  • Inculcating value for heritage
  • Experiential learning

The subthemes and questions are only indicative of possible lines of reflection. In order to facilitate evaluation, authors are requested to indicate the subtheme in the abstract.


The Abstract should follow these guidelines:

  • Title
  • Subtheme(s) and 5 keywords below the title
  • Author name, affiliation and email address. In case of multiple authors, one author should be identified as the corresponding author.
  • Abstract should be 300 to 350 words in English. This word count does not include subtheme(s) and keywords. Abstract should not exceed the prescribed word limit.
  • No name or affiliation of the author in the text
  • Font -Times New Roman, size- 12 pt. double spacing
  • 1 inch margin all around
  • Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted
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