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FDCR FOUNDER PRESIDENT PUNEET KHATRI

— JASMEEN DUGAL

Puneet Khatri began his career in Fashion in 2010, as a model. Having worked with national and International designers, he developed a deep connect with the industry. Today, he is Founder President, Fashion Design Council Of Rajasthan. His business acumen, global reach and passion for promoting talent and education make him perfect to propel the region's talent into different corners of the globe. In conversation with him on the eve of The FDCR's inaugural show, Laconic.

 

''Rajasthan is a state with the most scope for growth in Fashion. Its art and craft is in demand not only in the nation but across the world. It is rich in culture, heritage and textiles.The state produces some of the most exciting and innovative designers, weavers and craftsmen in the world and our fashion industry is genuinely one of the most exciting there is so I am proud to use my position to help showcase this talent on a global scale. Moreover, the demand for fashion from the royals invites designers from all over the world to showcase their work here!

 

But despite the potential, there was no established organisation that was working towards the growth of the state's fashion designers. I have always been connected with designers here and two years back, I decided to create a platform to showcase their designs. The Fashion Design Council Of Rajasthan was created with the aim of boosting the state's fashion industry on a global scale and providing them with opportunities. Currently we have over eighty members and pay attention not only to textile, art and craft but are recognised by Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Skill Development and Ministry of Women Empowerment.

 

Taking on this role is an incredibly proud moment for me. I have long been passionate about Rajasthan style, fashion and craftsmanship and this role gives me the chance to get under the skin of an industry I love. My responsibilities include  working on by raising the profile of our fashion talent and encourage emerging designers to collaborate with rich centuries-old craft and textiles. I also work on keeping Rajasthan- based designers connected and united so that we can work towards promoting this industry, together. Within five years, our members and core team should be a name to reckon with on the global fashion map. FDCR aims to be a brand that showcases Indian, and specifically talent from Rajasthan, to the world and ensure increased opportunities for employment and exposure.''
 

Fashion Design Council Of Rajasthan
Puneet Khatri, Founder President, Fashion Design Council Of Rajasthan
 
26-FEBRUARY-2019
 
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