The 5th International Textile and Costume Congress was inaugurated on Thursday in Vadodara. The Department of Clothing and Textiles, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda is hosting the programme with the theme ‘Indigenous Textile Crafts- Global Markets & Trends’  from  3rd to 5th October, 2019 at Vadodara. This International Congress is hosted first time in INDIA and will give platform to connect with people and their technology across the globe.

The festivities started with lighting of the lamp and prayer. Well known textile curator and social activist Laila Taiyab Ji (Chief Guest) shared the stage with other dignitaries like MSU Chancellor Rajmata Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad, Vice Chancellor Prof(Dr).Parimal Vyas,Dean Prof. Dr Anjali Karolia, Faculty of Family and community Sciences and Chairperson ITCC Prof. Michale Hann.

The session was initiated by the welcome address given by Dean Prof. Dr. Anjali Karolia. She talked about the exemplary legacy of the Department and the University and their scholarly contribution in the field of textile and Apparel Design. She mentioned that the alumnus of the department have been pioneer founding members at various national level education, administrative and industrial platforms. She welcomed all the esteemed guests and participants to have a exhaustively brain storming sessions through the course of three day conference.

Prof Michael Hann also delivered a welcome addresses, he briefly introduced the ITCC, Ars Textrina and the successful conferences they have conducted around the globe. He talked about imbibing “Make and Mend “and slowing the pace of fast fashion and how sustainability is the future and how minimalism should be adopted in all walks of life.

Preceded by his address was the Opening of Conference by Rajmata of Vadodara Radhika Raje Gaekwad and her keen insights in the rich textile heritage of the country intrigued  the audiences.

Following her address was presidential address given by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Parimal Vyas and he insisted that discussions and research should be put to practice and academicians should work hand in hand with the artisans and makers at the pedestal levels. Padmshri Laila Taiyab Ji exhaustively presented her address on conservation of textile crafts and putting the artisans to the world platform. She shared the success stories from craft sector namely Shrimati Shanta the first Lambani artist to visit abroad and present her solo collection.

The invigorating speeches by all the dignitaries was aptly summarised by Asst. Prof. Dr. Reena Bhatia  in her vote of thanks . Asst. Prof Falguni Patel was the master of the ceremony.

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