Tribal youth turn creative

December 08, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 24, 2016 02:27 pm IST - KHAMMAM:

Tribal women learning the concepts of fashion designing at the ITDA, Bhadrachalam, in Khammam district.– PHOTO: G.N. RAO

Tribal women learning the concepts of fashion designing at the ITDA, Bhadrachalam, in Khammam district.– PHOTO: G.N. RAO

In pursuit of exploring their inherent creative skills and gain self-employment, a group of 35 young men and women of tribal communities from far-flung agency areas have successfully completed a three-month residential training programme in fashion designing, which concluded in Bhadrachalam on Monday.

Thanks to the initiative of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam, several tribal women and men with penchant for art and fabric design have undergone professional training under the aegis of two instructors from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad.

They had gained hands-on experience in designing garments in impressive patterns to suit every occasion, various body types and contemporary tastes during the free residential training programme at the ITDA’s Youth Training Centre (YTC) in Bhadrachalam.

“The three-month training programme helped me acquaint myself with the vibrant potential of fashion designing and gain the requisite skills in designing trendy garments,” said Kursam Narsimha Rao, a tribal youth from Ramaraopeta of Dummugudem mandal.

“I did TTC in drawing and started an art studio in the temple town a few years ago,” he said, insisting that he was keen to diversify his creative enterprise by harnessing his newly acquired skills.

It is proposed to set up a ready-made garment unit under the aegis of the ITDA in Bhadrachalam for absorbing the trained tribal women and men with the requisite skills and aptitude into the unit, said V. Prasad, principal, YTC, ITDA, Bhadrachalam.

The ITDA project officer K. Kalicharan presented certificates in fashion designing to all the 35 tribal women and men, those who had successfully completed the certificate course, at a ceremony held in Bhadrachalam on Monday evening.

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