Nift-Gandhinagar is designing Patola silk stoles to be presented as souvenirs to delegates of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit (VGGIS). The Gujarat government also asked India's premier design institute to prepare brooches, cufflinks and brooch pins bearing a VGGIS logo. Beside this, the institute has readied other accessories for male and female foreign guests.
Nift will also set up an education pavilion near Mahatma Mandir to promote local crafts and traditional fashion from Gujarat from January 7. The government has alloted space to the institute to showcase ethnic handloom silk saris manufactured at Ridrol village in Gandhinagar, intricate Asawali brocade fabrics and block prints of Pethapur in Gandhinagar. Pethapur is a hub of wood block makers, who have been in the profession for about 300 years.
The institute will also display turbans and types of kediyu, a small coat with fitted sleeves and pleated frills at the waist and embroidered shoulders. Ravi Joshi, centre coordinator for fashion communication, Nift, said: “The government wants us to project fashion beyond ramps and glamorous outfits. It has asked us to showcase local design to the world.” He said they would also display students' documentation books on traditional crafts in the state.
Nift has also put up a `Khadi trends and forecast pavilion' at Vibrant Gujarat Khadi Utsav at Ahmedabad Education Society ground. Nift faculty and students have worked with khadi weavers to showcase the latest uses of the versatile fabric.