Ethical Fashion Show, Paris (9-12 September)

Prajapati, Uma is the Founder of Upasana Design Studio in Auroville. Her interests lie in designing for social development and she was the initiator for the Tsunamika project that brought into sharp focus the plight of the victims of the Tsunami. A graduate in Economics with a Diploma in Fashion Design from NIFT. New Delhi she has worked on a wide range of projects including Small steps, a project for the development of the Varanasi Weavers and design work for many NGO. She is Visiting Faculty at several Design Institutes.

May 2009, Craft Revival Trust

This fashion show has been the culmination of all efforts and collaboration. The launching collection was shown and the project was presented. Both have received extremely positive feedback and project has been now placed on an international forum due to this exposure. Companies, industry associates and designers have offered to collaborate with the weavers and many people have been moved by the project. We are in touch with the interested individuals and companies. Feedback received has shown us that our weavers now have the potential (with direction from the right creative source) to move beyond their village into the global textile and fashion market.

UNESCO, Paris (September)
A one day conference was held in UNSECO in Paris, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of establishment of Auroville. The Varanasi Weavers project was presented to a 700 strong audience. This was a great forum to create and spread awareness of the project. Much appreciation and feedback was recieved about the project.

The Varanasi Weavers project is funded by Bestseller Foundation, Denmark

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