Synthesis- An Initiative by Fashion Designer Rajlakshmi To Promote Pasmina Shawl Industry



An eclectic blend of art, culture and music to promote indigenous Pasminas and Shawl industry in Kashmir was organized at ICCR, Kolkata. The event was titled Synthesis. Synthesis was organized and conceptualized by fashion designer and pianist Rajlakshmi.


In the gracious presence of Rita Bhimani, Alokananda Roy , Jonathan Ward,  Cory Wilcox, Jennifer Hamstra, Andrewe and Uyen Posner, Samanta Jordon From the US Consulate , Mr. MIkhail from the Russian consulate and Director of Gorky Sadan  , The British High Commission , Representatives for the French Consulate , Consul of Thailand , Norway, Germany and others were present at the event .

The main motive was to promote the indigenous shawl industry in Kashmir, which has been affected by time to time problem and unrest there. Rajlakshmi has fused the Kashmiri attire with various handloom and hand-weaves from different Indian states. Her exclusive trunk show she showcased her new range of collections Synthesis inspired by the upcoming festive seasons, when all women aspire to look traditional yet modern in everything she wears.


Art work and paintings by Arundhati, daughter of Rajlakshmi Syam were also showcased. A talented artist like her mother, she has done the paintings according to the theme.

In this exhibition, exclusive designs of Kashmiri embroideries and Pasminas were on display. The platform was given to the Kashmiri’s craftsmen to showcase their exclusive work of art and embroideries on pasminas and it also helped to bridge better understanding between the two States. Jewelries made of semi precious stones were also displayed.

We hope that this initiative helps the shawl industry and the people associated with it in Kashmir!!

Priyanka Dutta

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