Introducing Abstract: My good friend Sumiran Kabir Sharma is a Delhi based talented fashion designer from India. We met the first time last year in Berlin and start an interesting conversation about “Sustainability” and “Ethical Fashion”. He showed me his first and second collections and I was total flashed from his way to create fashion in a unique way. I understand his style, design language and his reflection about the gender aspects. Modern wearable unisex garments made out of traditional fabrics like khadi (cotton), linen and silk. I fall in love with his creativity in the indian way and give him the right impulse to do it in a organic way. Last week I met him again for a short tea break in Delhi at the New Friends Colony.
Now he starts with an organic sustainable collection made out of organic cotton and linen. He was invited to the Global Sustainable Fashion Week in Budapest (12th till 14th of April) organized by Gabi Walek, President of the National Fashion League Hungary. From my point of view it is the right way to showcase there his new outstanding collection. But it is a big step for a new start up label from India. Sumiran needs support (I will do my best) and sponsors who believe into Ethical Fashion and a new talented fashion designer.
The fashion show costs are round 750,00 Euro (56.258 Rupies) plus the travel costs around 800 Euro (60.000 Rupies). For the Hotel we have a sponsor and I will take care of him and will sponsor the food. This is a big investment for a start up label. Feel free to contact me if you are willing to support the next generation. Change is possible – Be the change.
Georg Andreas Suhr · International Brand Consultant and Fighter for Ethical Fashion
Sumiran > Georg Andreas: Thank you. Yes you gave us the direction and you believed in our vision and put us on the path of this beautiful journey.
Photography By Archisman Mishra, MUA: Shruti Monga, Styled by Sumiran Kabir Sharma, Models: Uber Latin Talents, Garments: Anaam, Headgears Anaam
THE ANAAM MISSION
The future of
(For us its traveling back to where we started)
As the great saint Param Guru Huzur Mehtaji Maharaj* has quoted:
“Waste nothing has been an important principle of my life. I have always advised men and women , young and old alike to see that they do not waste their time ,energy ,food , wealth,clothing , in short anything they possess lest they find themselves in want of them at the time of need. I also consider waste as nothing short of sin.”
So believing in these lines and practising them “sustainability” is a lifestyle.
Coming from a country like India where sustainability is a part of our culture Spirituality is what India is known for. Karma is what we believe in. Everything in the past was a piece of fabric which was draped by men or women in a way they wanted on the head or at the bottom or top. Being naked was a part of our culture and not a big deal in the past where Hindu women would wear just drapes at the bottom with nothing on the top. Coloring the body with haldi (turmeric powder), heena (mehandi) applied as temporary tattoo on hands and feet, also used for coloring hair, a bindi worn on the forehead, chandan spread on the body as a perfume are all sustainable techniques of being fashionable and representing yourself. They are a definition of our identity.
So instead of future of sustainable fashion we would like to go back to our roots, history and culture. We travel back to where we started. Organic fabrics such as bamboo silk, hemp, soy, organic cotton, khadi were all a part of our culture and history.
And sustainable fashion is all about creating products with pure consciousness. So when from the seed sown at the organic farm with a positive happy vibe to the producing of the cotton plant, flower, and then the yarn to the vegetable or organic methods of dying them and then the process of weaving the fabric to generating the silhouette, to the tailoring at all the stages of the design process has to involve good karma, positive energy. Fashion consciousness creates a market for customers who are also conscious about the consumption. They are aware of themselves…
*Param Guru Huzur Mehtaji Maharaj is the 6th revered guru of the Radhasoami Faith Dayalbagh in Agra, India. Sumiran follows him.
zariyaa by anaam
Photography by Seema Dahiya
Mua By Anna Vyas
Muse Anaa Vyas
Styling by Sumiran Kabir Sharma