Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, July 2
Fashion icon and yesteryear international supermodel from Bangladesh, Bibi Russel alongside noted tea brand of Sikkim Temi Tea today held a deliberation with stakeholders from fashion and modelling industry in capital.
BibiRussel one of the most successful model from Asia expressed happiness on her visit to Sikkim and stated that this is her second time in the Himalayan state.
A celebrated model and a sustainable fashion champion she has beem hailed across the world with numerous awards including Designer for Development award by UNESCO, Cross of Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella by the King of Spain and Bangladesh National film award for costume designing.
She said that in order to use local resource for fashion and to help grow Sikkim’s own design, fabrics and the industry as a whole, she is here.
Mrinalini Srivastava, MD, Temi Tea held that the program is meant to not just brainstorm but also chart a road map ahead with all the stakeholders.
She further informed that such an engagement in Sikkim is the need of the hour with an impetus on exposure, networking, fashion, retail and hospitality.
It was further informed that the old Bara Bungalow at Temi Tea Estate has been restored after the damage that had occured to the structure after 2011 earthquake.
This structure has been converted jno a heritage style hotel with more bungalows to be added.
“This would employ 60 people directly with over 280 people benefiting indirectly,” she states.
Partner in its restoration work, Arijit Dutta, Priya Entertainment Private Limited added that Sikkim has immense potential in all the feilds deliberated today.
Vishal Mukhia, Coordinator, NERLP, stated that many individuals in rural parts of Sikkim can be given a platform if personalities like BibiRussel promote our local artisans and weavers.
Many members of Fashion industry was present in the function which saw deliberations and discussion on different aspects of taking forward the budding fashion industry in the Himalayan state.
Stress was given to build a vibrant market in the state and promotion of Sikkim’s ethnic and traditional wear to fuse it with modern designs.
BibiRussel along with other stakeholders informed that they want to collaborate with Sikkimese talent and take their art in the rightful place.
They stated that Sikkimese have an inherent sense of style and fashion with a slight direction and push, the industry can do wonders for Sikkim, they insisted.