Designers Norma Kamali, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Mara Hoffman, and Mimi Prober along with Sadhguru and the Isha Foundation presented Fashion For Peace (FFP), a first time fashion initiative whose mission is to promote conscious design while simultaneously supporting global artisans/designers and their work.
Sadhguru and the Isha foundation curated over one hundred exclusive Indian textiles that have been woven in a steeped tradition for approx. 5,000 years (see textile list below). The process and art form is threatened by fast fashion and family members choosing to attend college rather than continue the textile traditions. These coveted techniques will soon be extinct if not preserved and fostered.
Each designer created four to six exclusive looks presented during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Spring Studios.
The presentation was produced by People’s Revolution along with the students of the High School of Art and Design, a New York City public school whose mission is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare gifted students to become exceptional artists. The students participated in all facets of production including backstage, styling, editing, dressing, social media, photography, video, BTS, seating and front of house.
“Fashion is a universal language that has the power and potential to create inclusiveness in human beings around the world.” – Sadhguru
The textiles used in the presentation:
100% Organic, Handwoven Eri Cotton
100% Organic, Handwoven Eri Silk
100% Organic Cotton
100% Organic Cotton Jersey
100% Organic Handwoven Eri Cotton and Silk Blends (also known as the Peaceful Silk)
Ajrak (Woodblock) prints
Bhagalpur Matka Silk, Natural Dyes
Dabu Bagru Prints (Mud-Resist) block prints, Natural dyes
Denim: Handwoven and Naturally dyed
Desi Kora Tussar Silk
Handblock prints on Mulberry Silk
Indigo Shibori: Naturally dyed, Organic
Kalamari Prints: Handwoven, Natural dyes
Khadi: Cotton fabric which is handspun on Charkha and woven on looms by hand
Muga Wild Silk
Natural vegetable root and floral dye hand-blocked prints
Pochampally Silk Ikats
Photography by Maria Nova