A function was held at the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of the University of Kashmir (KU) on 30th March 2019, Saturday. Nine Kashmiri women received felicitation during the event for having successfully exhibited their artifacts in Mumbai at the famous Lakme Fashion Week- 2019. These women were trained at the Usha Garment Design and Production Centre (UGPC) which is on the Zakura Campus in the University of Kashmir. They had designed, developed and completed the clothes and artifacts while being supervised by the eminent designer, Mr. Rohit Bal.
Usha International Private Limited has set up the Usha Garment Design and Production Centre at the Zakura Campus of the state university recently. The objective of starting this centre was to give a platform to the talented women in Kashmir to polish their skills and talents.
The UGPC was founded by the collaboration of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) and the Department of Social Work of the University of Kashmir. It had trained 17 women of Kashmir in the art of sewing and stitching for the production of garments and artifacts that were to be launched at the Lakme Fashion Week of 2019 in Mumbai.
These Kashmiri women worked under the supervision of the famous designer, Mr. Rohit Bal. He looked over the production of artifacts and the way in which they were being prepared.
The garments and artifacts produced by these nine Kashmiri women were eventually shortlisted to be exhibited at the Lakme Fashion Week after which they qualified the critical eye test and made it to the wardrobes of customers. This statement was given by the University itself.
The price of the artifacts ranged somewhat between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 32,000. Hence, they made humble earnings for the Kashmiri women who made them.
The Registrar of the University of Kashmir, Dr. Nissar Ahmad Mir, felicitated the women and said that stitching and sewing is an art that paves the way for women to have a dignified earning.