FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in a recent event in the national Capital on Wednesday felicitated eminent fashion designers Asma Hussain, for reviving traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi and Awadh, and Anavila Misra for innovative designs and Choti Tekam for reviving traditional art of Gond paintings. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, along with FICCI ladies organisation president ,Vinita Bimbhet and renowned fashion designer Sabayasachi Mukherji presented the ‘National Women Achievers award’ to these fashion designers and artists . From time immemorial, Indian handwoven fabrics have made their mark worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gradually with the coming up of factory products, the usage of such fabrics somewhere is fading. However, through the efforts of these designers the usage of these fabrics has been kept alive.Asma Hussain has been awarded for reviving the traditional hand woven fabrics of Varanasi like Jamdani, Kimkhwaab, Mashru and famous traditional Banarasi saree. Apart from this she strengthened the innovative use of Awadhi traditions of Chikan, Zardozi,Muqaish and Tukdi work of Lucknow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixState award winner from Madhya Pradesh Choti Tekam has been awarded for reviving the traditional tribal art of painting known as Gond art which has its distinct and elaborate illustrations. A distinct feature of Gond paintings is that nature in the form of trees, birds, comes alive on canvases, while tribal life is also a subject that is commonly used in Gond paintings.Anavila Misra has been awarded for innovative linen cloth product development designs and for the introduction of jari, playing with different weaves and techniques. Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh Kant said, “Start-ups and textiles are going to be the next big economic force in the country. “India is the world’s youngest and women driven start-up nation with most of the founders women and young below 35 years of age.” “With Government’s initiative close to 4500 start ups in various fields exist, the government is committed to make start-up India initiative a scalable reality and to provide an environment for our start-ups to thrive in. The new textile policy announced by the government generate employment, especially for women”, he further added. “Indian traditional handicrafts and handmade textiles represent the country’s unique cultural mosaic and identity to the world. Our rich heritage supported by the right policies could provide economic potential for women and fashion designers at all levels and across all sectors. “India has every thing it can give to the world” said renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was also present at the occasssion.
MIAMI — A cruise vacation is all about relaxation but trying to figure out what to pack can be a source of major stress for passengers. Between daily activities, shore excursions, themed nights and of course a few extra ‘just-in-case’ outfits, suitcases soon tip the scales.Cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line all offer plenty of packing advice on their websites and in printed materials. First-time cruisers can also get inspiration from friends, Pintrest and Instagram.For passengers who like to dress up, cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Cruises UK provide lots opportunities on formal nights. Passengers should always feel comfortable, no matter what they wear, said Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week.“Something sparkly is always a good bet,” says Mallis. “I recommend for travellers to stay focused, stick with one colour and maybe accent with a shawl or some bold jewelry.”On Princess Cruises ships passengers can check out fashions from The Shops of Princess, as modelled by the guests, during The Runway fashion show held in the atrium. All passengers can sign up to be a model. The fashion show is part of the line’s Style at Sea program, offering fashion and beauty tips in partnership with TLC.More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthWhen it comes to accessories, more is better, says Mallis. “Most people don’t leave the house without lipstick on. I don’t leave the house without accessorizing.”Here are a few more packing tips for cruise clients:Consider the destination. Weather is key.Always have a sweater or shawl. Even in the tropics, air conditioning and nightly breezes can be chilly.For every voyage, always remember the Triple S: Sunglasses, Sun hat and Sunscreen.Along with a fancy pair for gala events, bring comfortable shoes or sneakers to wear on shore excursions.If you’re flying, be aware of weight restrictions, go with lightweight fabrics to get more items in those suitcases.Check the cruise line’s website pre-sail for what-to-wear recommendations, including mention of any themed nights.Once onboard, take note of suggested nighttime attire for gala events and certain restaurants from the daily newsletter.Save space in luggage by skipping items such as pool and beach towels, which are provided shipboard.Check the cruise line’s list of prohibited items, and leave them at home!Keep essentials including passports, medicine, glasses and cruise documents close at hand in carry-on.To keep clothing items fresh and wrinkle-free, pack with tissue paper or plastic dry-cleaning bags. Rolling clothes such as t-shirts and underwear helps save space.Cruise ships provide onboard dry cleaning, pressing and laundry service and many also have self-serve facilities with washers, dryers and irons, making it easy to perk up clothes.Plan a family or friend photo ahead of time. Bring matching outfits or dress up and have the onboard photographer snap a memory.Buy local jewellery and accessories from the ports, a memorable way to add colour and something unique to every outfit.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesVisit carnivalcorp.com for more details. Travelweek Group How to dress sharp onboard: Packing for a cruise