In a first, five students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Patna, along with various artisans are representing the state at the ongoing 31st India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The fair began on November 14.
"We are participating in the fair as Bihar is one of the two focused states (Odisha being the other) this year for giving international exposure," Sanjay Shrivastava, a NIFT professor told TOI.
The five students are Dharmendra Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Shushoban Mishra, Abhinav and Rajat Baratwal. Led by two teachers - Sanjay Shrivastava and Vinayak Yashraj, they have conceptualized and designed Bihar's pavilion in a way that it is depicting the richness of silk fabrics from the state at the IITF-2011. The theme of IITF 2011 is "Indian handicrafts - the magic of gifted hands".
The fabrics used by the NIFT students for showcasing the richness of silk fabrics and its products made here, was brought specially from Bhagalpur and Madhubani. The display is accentuated with the right mix of designed garments, drapery and home furnishing items.
NIFT has put on display various products including saris, stoles, shawls, ties, carpets, cushion covers, and garments designed to communicate vibrant and green Bihar like shirts, kurtas, jackets, waist coats, trousers, blouses, tops and kids wear. It is also showcasing jute jewellery, Sikki products, bags and accessories.
The backdrop of the stall is designed in such a way that it expresses the emerging Bihar and the theme for IITF. "For this, we have taken 'red' as our theme colour, showing the energy flowing in the region," said Shrivastava.
"We received wholehearted support from the state government. Principal secretary, department of industries, CK Mishra was among the visitors to the pavilion," added Shrivastava. These products would be on display till November 27.