Conference 2015

CGF Conference  : 9th February 2015 @ Birla Auditorium


Eco-friendly Textile Production is a national need and a Textile Park dedicated to eco-friendly products needs to be established – Textile Minister, Mr. Chandrakant

Textile Minister, Mr. Chandrakant (Dada) Patil was speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF), organised by the joint association of Maharshi Karve Stri Shikshak Sanstha’s School of Fashion Technology (SOFT), Puneand Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai.


This unique programme was held on 9thMumbai. Many eminent personalities graced the occasion including Senior Industrialist Rahul Mehta (President – Clothing Manufacturing Association of India),


Mr. VishwasDeval (Chairman, Maharshi Karve Stri Shikshan Sanstha & CGF- President),

Vishwas Deval

Mr. Rajesh Balakrishnan (Chairman, CGF and CEO Pidilite, Mumbai), prominent members of Maharshi Karve Stri Shikshan Sanstha, Mr. Milind Lele and Mr. Ravindra Deshpande  were present along with Dr. Manju Hundekar (Principal, SOFT) and Dr. Ila Dedhi (Nirmala Niketan). Green Fashion means concept, design and creation of textiles in an eco-friendly manner. Cultivating cotton using no chemicals and only natural fertilizers as well as sustenance and conservation of environment is a global need and special efforts need to be made to achieve this. The Government of Maharashtra is committed to this and will erect Special Textile Parks for the creation of eco-friendly textiles. Government of Maharashtra will lend special support for establishing such industries, announced Textile Minister Chandrakant (Dada) Patil. He also appealed to the Fashion Designing students to conduct more and more research with a view to maximum implementation of such eco-friendlyinitiatives. He also noted that ‘Recycle, Reuse and Reduce’ should be the key objective while creating any Design.

The programme also saw representatives from various renowned institutions and fashion designers from India, Germany, Italy, London, and nearly 1000 Fashion Designing students across 11 Fashion Institutes in the Country participating in this initiative.

The ‘Green Fashion Competitions’, ‘Green Fashion International Conference’ and ‘Green Fashion Show’ organised by SOFT received spontaneous response from students and reputed designers across the country.

The afternoon session played host to the Green Fashion International Conference,which was based on the key concept of “Benefits of Green Fashion in Environmental, Economical & Social Areas”. Industry experts offered invaluable guidance to the students. (Dada) Patil of February at Birla Auditorium, Churchgate, It witnessed the coming together of reputed Fashion Designers and Industry Experts such as Designer / Industrialist Ben Carlton Ramsden from England, Dr. Sudha Dhingra (Chairperson, Dept of Textile Design, NIFT, Delhi), Designer Shruti Sancheti, Designer Benjamin Itter from Germany, Ms. Krishna Mehta, Designer Durgesh Jadeja from Rajkot, Designer Hemang Agarwal, Mr. Rahul Mehta (President – Clothing Manufacturing Association of India), Designer Philippe Werhahn from Berlin, Fashion Journalist Meher Castelino, Mr. Rajesh Balakrishnan (Chairman, CGF and CEO Pidilite, Mumbai) and Designer Rahul Mishra (First Asian who won the Wool-Mark Award).

February in CGF programme, 12 different competitions based on the concept of  On 8th Green Fashion were conducted for students. These competitions saw the participation of around 600 girl students.

The various competitions included ‘Bagovation’, ‘Block it Up’ as well as ‘Paithani meetsInnovation’. ‘Tie & Die’, ‘Wastessories’ and ‘Fashion Quiz’ received spontaneous and tremendous response from the students. Wastessories’, was a unique competition wherein one had to make Fashion Accessories from scrap. This event saw Mumbai’s SVT College emerging as the winner and SOFT & Nirmala Niketan as co-runner ups.

Mumbai’s Sophia College bagged the first prize in Tie & Die Competition and Aurangabad’s Beau Monde College bagged the second. In the ‘Bagovation’ Competition, SOFT won the First Prize while the girl students of P V P Polytechnic, Mumbai won the Second Prize. Theses were presented by students and professors on key subjects such as ‘Fabric based Jewellery – A way to reuse fabric waste’, ‘Integrating Indian Craft, Design & CSR’ and ‘Pre-consumer Textile Waste- Thrash to Treasure’ A Fashion Show was conducted in the evening of February 8th concept, ‘Recycle, Reuse and Reduce’. Garment designs based on 10 different concepts by girl students of Fashion Designing were presented in this Fashion Show.

The girl students of M. S. University of Baroda received the Most Commercial Collection Award for their Fashion Collection designed on the conceptual base of Angular Rhapsody. Mumbai’s B D Somani College received the Most Sustainable Collection  Award and girl students of Pune’s SOFT College received Best Design Collection Award. Special Jury Award was bagged by Aurangabad’s Beau Monde College.

Key- Note Details

Mr. Ben Ramsden 

With a track record in sales and marketing, education, international development, grass roots mobilization and organizational development, Ben Ramsden established the underwear brand Pants to Poverty in 2005 as part of the youth movement of Make Poverty History.

On a mission to prove how Fashion can change the world, Pants to Poverty and their value chain community – including Chetna Organic and Armstrong Knitting Mills in India and retail outlets across more than 20 countries – have developed a dynamic entrepreneurial education programme called Pantrepreneur, which, over the past 3 years has engaged many thousands of students across the UK.

Ben Ramsden


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FRD Presentation by Ben Ramsden


Dr. Sudha Dhingra

 She is the Chairperson of department of Textile Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. Her core competence lies in the study of crafts, Indian and World textiles and Surface techniques. She has co-edited a book on ‘Textile Crafts of India’ covering the handloom traditions of north- eastern Indian States.

As Head of Clusters, NIFT, since 2011, she coordinated many projects and student’s activities and interaction with the handicraft artisans and handloom weavers in the craft clusters in India under “Academic Craft Cluster Intervention’, across all 15 NIFT centers.

She has done her Doctoral Research on ‘Revival of Tribal Pata Handloom Weaving, using Natural Dye Aal (Morinda citrifolia) in Bastar and Koraput’ from University of Delhi.

Sudha Dhingra









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Craft and Green Design Presentation by Dr. Sudha Dhingra


Ms. Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sancheti is a senior design faculty from last 8 years and has started her own fashion label in December 2009. The label is known to use Indian textiles and it strongly believes in promoting Indian sensibilities through her designs.

Since her debut, she has worked on collections based on Indian textiles and has showcased on The Indian Textile Day at Lakme Fashion Week. A member of F.D.C.I., she has also showcased her collection at Wills India Fashion Week and internationally at HongKong Fashion Week, 2012.

Shruti has worked extensively for reviving weaves and worked with weaver’s centre –Nagpur (under ministry of textiles ), sourced directly from weaver’s of  Vidharbha and has worked with INDRAYANI (Maharashtra State Handlooms Corporation) for reviving weaves of the region and made a collection inspired by “Swadeshi Movement”, which aimed at revival of indigenous handloom industry and boycott of British goods. She has also showcased her collection named “SAAJ” at Lakme fashion week, which represented different weaves of Maharashtra and the timeless Paithani weave in the form of embroidery.

Shruti Sancheti

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Presentation by shruti sancheti


Mr. Durgesh Jadeja

Mr. Durgesh Jadeja a Fashion Designer and PRO with UdyogBharti – Gondal, since more then 14yrs.Udyog Bharti is one of the leading khadi manufacturing NGO Institution in India, NGO since 1957.Late Hargovingbhai started khadi movement with 11 charka in a small rented room, and today 2000 rural ladies are working under this institute.

KHADI PLAZA was one of his dream and today one of its kind PLAZA where one can see all process under one roof.Supply to Shopper’s Shop for more then 8yrs all over india, supply khadi Denim to Arvind Mills and from there to Levi’s USA, uniforms to schools, suppy to different parts of world like Swiden, USA, ENGLAND, CANADA, as hand spun and hand woven khadi Designer garments and materials and participate in fairs n exhibitions, also in Milan twice is the main highlight of UDYOG BHARTI, also National award and first ISO standard khadi institute in India.Usingkhadi as an materials and printing different techniques on it with veg . colours and natural dyes make 100% eco-friendly fabric/garment.

Durgesh Jadeja

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Presentation by Durgesh Jadeja


Mr. Benjamin Itter

Benjamin Itter is the co-founder of Lebenskleidung, a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified Textile Agency. Lebenskleidung specializes in environmentally sound and fairly produced organic cotton and silk fabrics for small order quantities. Benjamin is also Executive Member of the Consortium of Green Fashion India and with his company winner of the Source Awards of the Ethical Fashion Forum London.

Benjamin Itter

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Presentation by Benjamin Itter


Ms. Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehtais the creative director of the brand “Krishna Mehta” established since 1988. It is one of the fastest growing designer brands in India with retail operations spread over 60 stores nationally and with a vibrant organization, and a fully integrated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

She weaves Indian sensibility with an international understanding, using the haze of her heritage and the old-world customs along with the modern values as the starting and the ending point for all her design inspirations

Designer, mentor, and consultant in fashion related fields, Krishna has been a  recipient of many awards such as the  Fabled Peacock award from the Government of Gujarat in 2001, the CMAI award in 2004 for The Best Designer in the Menswear category,  Times of India Award in 2005 in recognition of usage of natural and khadi fabrics. She was awarded the BEYU, a German cosmetic company Fashion Award in 2009 in recognition of outstanding contribution to Fashion.

Krishna Mehta

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Green Fashion Presentation by Krishna Mehta