Wonder Why Vasundhara Raje Chose Foreign Designer over Desi One To Promote Rajasthan’s Handloom?

vasundhara-raje-bibi-russell_042111020208Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan has signed on Bangladeshi designer – Bibi Russell to promote Rajasthan’s handloom and handicraft. Raje intends to promote Rajasthan’s Khadi and Kota Doria through Russell who will help improvising weaving and processing techniques and introduce contemporary styles. The CM will initiate the ‘Rajasthan Handloom and Handicraft Week’ with a show in Bangalore in January 2015, followed with other shows in the country.

Bibi Russell

Bibi Russell

Why do we need a Bibi Russell when we have equally competent designers in India who are more clued in with Khadi and other Rajasthani traditional textile? Agree Russell is a good designer known for her work with organic fabric but then so are Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra and Abraham & Thakore who have been doing great work with handloom and Khadi. Russell is definitely past her prime! ‘Make In India’ mantra of Prime Minister Modi doesn’t mean that India deprives its own talent to promote crafts that are Indian.

Vasundhara-RajeBibi Russell is already on the project for the past three months. CM Raje could have done better by at least inviting proposals from designers, Indian and International and then selecting the best. Inviting her friend Bibi Russell and offering her a lucrative project funded by the State exchequer does not go down well with me. It lacks transparency and smells of favouritism.

 

4 thoughts on “Wonder Why Vasundhara Raje Chose Foreign Designer over Desi One To Promote Rajasthan’s Handloom?

  1. Paris

    if she wants to promote khadi, she should get neeru kumar (of the brand tulsi). veteran in the field. certainly not bibi rusell!

  2. Anthead

    Rajasthani jab tak Rajwadon ke saamne ghani khamma karte rahenge tab tak Vasundhara jaise log chun kar aayenge. She’s not even from Rajasthan for eff’s sake – how did she get elected CM!

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