Posted on December 08, 2019

Marking the Qatar - India 2019 Year of Culture, Qatar Museums (QM) and Caravane Earth – an international movement for social, cultural and ecological transformation – present a new initiative celebrating sustainability, heritage, and traditional craftsmanship. Between December 11th and the 13th, the Museum of Islamic (MIA) will showcase a curated selection of contemporary Indian fashion & textiles.

Additionally, a symposium featuring notable speakers from the fashion industry, sustainability activists, and cultural institutions from India and Qatar will be held, along with a film screening powered by Doha Film Institute. The symposium, which will take place on December 12th at MIA from 10am to 3pm, will be open to the public and free of charge. Moderated by Bandana Tewari, sustainability activist and former Vogue India Editor at Large. It will focus on themes such as the history of Abaya and traditional Qatari wear, building a sustainable global brand, and the textile heritage of Qatar and India.

Speakers include Tania Al-Majid, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Qatar, Pavitra Muddaya, Head of Vimor Foundation and the Director of Education at Qatar Museums, Dr. Jelena Trkulja. Participating fashion and textile brands will include: 11.11/eleven eleven, Injiri, Khanijo, James Ferreira, Ode to Odd, Maku Textiles, Three, Urvashi Kaur, Chola, Vimor Handloom Foundation. Participating artisans will include: PL Bhanumurthy for Vimor Foundation, Renuka Jalan for Chola, Taslim for Ode to Odd, Moideen Hizqeel for 11.11, Dinesh Vankar for Injiri, Taj Mohamed for Urvashi Kaur, Irshad Annad for Khanijo,

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Commenting on the announcement, Aisha Al Attiya, Head of Years of Culture at QM stated: “The modern fashion industry began in the 19th century and has continued to grow since then. Today, it is interlinked with some of the key issues that face our world – particularly climate change and sustainability. The textiles industry, in specific, has also played a key role in building bridges between civilizations across the ages. As such, it was important for us to include this theme in this edition of the Year of Culture programme. We look forward to welcoming the community at what is set to be an enriching three-day programme.”

Marielou Phillips from Caravane Earth, added: “Caravane Earth is proud to partner with Qatar Museums to bring light to one of our core beliefs -that supporting true craft is one of the most empowering sustainability strategies today.”

Earlier this year, Qatar Museums presented ‘X-Ray Fashion’, a virtual reality (VR) film that shone the light on the inner workings of the fashion industry – known as the world’s second largest polluter. The initiative was meant to raise awareness about an unknown side of the industry.