New Delhi: Daniel Syiem, a young designer from Meghalaya, who has showcased Indian ethnic apparel in global fashion hubs like New York, London and Rome, is “striving to preserve the dying art of weaving” by making traditional fabric fashionable. He is also working to empower women weavers from his northeastern state.
“Natural fabrics of the region — Eri silk and Muga — are hand-woven mostly in traditional loin looms. We want to highlight the traditional fabrics of the northeast,” added the designer, known for making northeast’s traditional apparel chic.
“The art of making these textiles is slowly dying,” rued Daniel who has rich experience in working with indigenous fabrics.
“We are striving to preserve the dying art of weaving by making traditional fabric fashionable.”
Daniel has been instrumental in promoting women weavers of Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi district.
“The making of these heritage fabrics has been passed down from generation to generation of weavers. The weavers need to be supported and encouraged by making their craft economically viable,” he said from Shillong.
“Currently, we source fabrics from them to generate more income for weavers through fair trade practices. We also guide them to archive and keep track of ancient weaves to safeguard them.”
Daniel has showcased his work – ensembles for women in natural fabrics – in various fashion weeks in places like Rome, New York, London, Toronto, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Jaipur. His collections have featured in top fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. (IANS)