Fashion with a conscience at AF Panjim-Goa

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Over the last few centuries, human greed has caused unprecedented environmental degradation. Even though a large percentage of the population is battling crippling poverty, conspicuous consumption continues to be actively encouraged. Concerted steps – both on an individual and a societal level – have become the need of the hour to counteract these challenges. France and India are keenly aware that it will take a paradigm shift in public consciousness to combat the problem.

The textile industry is one of the top five polluters in the world. Given the fact that a large proportion of clothes for the French market are produced in India, Alliance Française de Panjim-Goa decided that it was high time to explore more sustainable practices in the fashion industry. It was hence that Conscious Fashion Festival was born! The first iteration of the festival was organised in Bardez (Goa) on November 17 and 18.

The Logo of Conscious Fashion Festival

The Logo of Conscious Fashion Festival

The main aim of Conscious Fashion Festival Goa is to spread awareness about sustainable fashion while simultaneously exhorting people to preserve the planet. It is meant to be a platform to celebrate those who are in the process of creating a safer, cleaner and fairer future for fashion. In doing so, AF Panjim-Goa hopes to make sustainable fashion mainstream by bringing together textile makers, designers, historians, journalists, and the general public. The underlying belief is that fashion may be fast, but it can still be ethical.

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During the current edition of the festival, the first day was dedicated to discussions between professionals while the second day was left open to the public and allocated for workshops. The topics covered ranged from sustainable materials, technology, mobilising mass-market brands and the image of sustainable fashion in mainstream India. The two-day event garnered widespread interest and saw participation from Martin Prihoda (Flipstitch), Niketa Malhotra (The Indian Draping Company), Malika Shah (Digital Empowerment Foundation), Luke Sequeira (Numadic), Payal Jaggi (Kinche), Ninoshka Alvares (Ninoshka), Nelson Sarvarho (Le basiq), Dr. Manju Hundekar (SOFT Pune), Dr. Anchal Jain (IIM Ahmedabad), and Apurva Khotari (No Nasties) amongst others.

A show as part of Conscious Fashion Festival Photo Credits - Syed Nasserudeen

A show as part of Conscious Fashion Festival Photo Credits – Syed Nasserudeen

This event marks AF Panjim-Goa‘s first step towards making the younger generation in India aware about conscious consumption. The organisation hopes to take this idea to the masses by conducting workshops in schools and via community-oriented events in the future.

Different sessions in progress at the festival

Different sessions in progress at the festival

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Rédaction

Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...