inistry of textiles has recently given Threads of Excellence Awards to various organizations and individuals. The occasion was National Conclave on “Accomplishments and way forward for the textile sector”. Importantly, this was the first-ever event of its kind celebrating the growth of the textile industry. Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu conferred the awards for their excellent contribution to the textile sector. Speaking on the occasion the VP said, “textile sector is playing a pivotal role in the Indian economy.” Further, he stressed that the industry needs to develop a culture of innovation. In the event, the 3 Indian designers were honored with the national award:
- Rajesh Pratap Singh for the elegance and simplicity of his design.
- Rahul Mishra for being an international face of Indian fashion.
- Aneeth Arora of Péro for sustainability, textile innovation and using India’s ethnic skills.
Importantly, these national award-winning Indian designers have created their signature style with their unique narratives and exploration of textiles.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap Singh has received several awards for his design and creativity. Mainly, he combines the modern with the traditional in his design aesthetic. Moreover, his work shows simplicity and at the same time reveals his attention to detail. His clothes have a global appeal, yet remain fondly Indian. Besides, the designer has five stand-alone stores in India. Also, has a retail presence in top-quality multi-brand boutiques. Internationally, the brand retails with some of the finest stores in the world.
While accepting the national award, Rajesh Pratap Singh shared that he is very glad that the Indian Government is recognizing the fashion industry. He mentioned that this award is going to encourage every textile and fashion designer in the country to experiment further and contribute more to both sector.
Rahul Mishra made his debut in 2006 at Lakme Fashion Week with a collection using cotton handloom textiles from Kerala. This Indian fashion designer based in Delhi is the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize in 2014. Stores around the world have sold and admired his winning collection.
Mishra has showcased his work at fashion weeks in London, Dubai, Australia. He has incorporated traditional Indian textiles and handmade artisanship into his work. He is the only Indian designer to be chosen by Rent the Runway, an online rental boutique.
Rahul Mishra expressed, “I felt emotional seeing the national emblem on something that has been conferred to you, it means a lot to me. Getting a national award validates all our efforts in being there internationally. It feels great to know that the Government of India also recognizes the power of fashion; and that they are inclusive in seeing the potential of growth in the partnership between craftsmen and designers.”
Aneeth Arora is one of India’s most respected young designers. In 2011, she was the winner of the British Fashion Council’s Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award. Mainly, she explored her passion for textile design and developed traditional methods of dyeing, weaving, and embroidering. She continues to use those methods in her work today. Similarly, clothing and dressing styles of the local people is her main interest. Further, at her internationally stocked label Péro, she makes them real trend-setters of our time.
Aneeth Arora mentioned, she is very ecstatic that the Ministry of Textiles has recognized the designers. She also expressed her happiness for the designers’ effort in taking Indian traditions to the global platform. She emphasized, this is a great inspiration for weavers and craftspeople, and it will in turn help keep the heritage of traditional Indian textiles alive.
With designers like these, there is no dearth of talent in the country. Surely, these 3 national award winners will inspire others to do more to get recognition.