A delegation from Indonesia headed by Mangku Pastika former governor of Bali and president of World Hindu Parishad visited National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhubaneswar and explored academic exchange and collaborations between the two countries to promote sustainable fashion and tradition of handloom.
“We need to strengthen the historic ties further and NIFT Bhubaneswar can play a pivotal role in this. We share one of the greatest traditions and culture through handloom, particularly Ikat. We have a common heritage. Today when the entire world is talking about sustainability, we can reestablish our ties and work for the cause of sustainable development,” said Mangku Pastika. The civilisational and cultural contact between Kalinga/Odisha and Indonesia is well known that can be seen through heritage products of Ikat handloom and handicrafts we make in both the places, he added.
Pastika also proposed to set up chairs in the name of Indonesian leader at NIFT to promote research, debate and discussion on the historic ties through sustainable fashion.
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The delegates visited the campus and interacted with the management and students. While taking a round of the campus they were impressed to see the Aal Tree that yields red dye.
“Aal dye predominantly used today in two places one in Kotpad in Odisha and the other in Bali. This is the testimony to our historic relationship and share culture,” said director of NIFT, Bhubaneswar, Binay Bhushan Jena.
The NIFT has planned to set up Centre for Sustainable Fashion that will promote and popularise use and production of natural and organically produced fibres and dies in the campus.
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