INDIAscussion is a six-part podcast documentary series, which unpacks environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability in the Indian textile industry.
The series follows the textile supply chain through Gujarat and Maharashtra in India, across to China. Ideas and debates are presented ‘in discussion’ with local farmers and artisans, to businesses, fashion influencers, and international design houses.
Producer: Jelena Sofronijevic
Assistant Producer: Molly Lambourne
Presenters: Jelena Sofronijevic and Molly Lambourne
Rising commercial demand for a variety of colours, fibres, fabrics, and styles – and fast – is contributing to environmental degradation in India and beyond. Expanding sustainability beyond mere ‘environmental friendliness’, we ask who bears the responsibility for promoting positive environmental practice.
Local Gujarati farmers explain the implications of high-scale cotton production. Boheco co-founder Chiraj Tekchandaney, and Devang and Sangita from the international fashion House of Anita Dongre, explore differently un/sustainable fibres and fabrics. Artisans in Khamir describe how they’ve adapted traditional crafts to tackle urgent environmental problems.
To promote the series and extend discussion, I hosted events with Focus:India, featured in interviews, and was invited to deliver the keynote speech and workshop at the Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference (ESIC) 2020 (13-03-2020):