A delegation headed by Mangku Pastika, former governor of Bali and president of the World Hindu Parishad to promote sustainable fashion and tradition of handloom from Indonesia visited the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Bhubaneswar and explored the academic exchange opportunities and collaboration between the two countries.
According to Mangku Pastika:
“We need to strengthen the historic ties and NIFT Bhubaneswar can play an important role in this the countries share one of the greatest traditions through handloom, particularly Ikat. We can re-establish our ties and work for the cause for the sustainable development.”
The delegates visited the NIFT campus and interacted with the management and students. While doing so they were excited to see the work done by students. Aal Tree that yields a red dye impressed them most.
Binay Bhushan Jena, Director of NIFT Bhubaneswar, While explaining its advantages, said:
“Aal dye is 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 shared culture.”
The NIFT Bhubaneswar decided to set up a Centre for Sustainable Fashion that will promote and popularize the use and production of natural and organically produced fibres and dyes in the campus.