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Meet winners of first ever awards organised by the Ministry of Textiles

by Dheeraj Tagra

11-January-2019  |  9 mins read

Saurabh Khandelwal, Director, Ferreterro India, was conferred in the product category for its Energy Absorbing Tapes.
Saurabh Khandelwal, Director, Ferreterro India, was conferred in the product category for its Energy Absorbing Tapes.

The Ministry of Textiles recently honoured many textile and apparel personalities, famous fashion designers, Govt. officials including from young owners to stalwarts, … These awards included ‘Threads of Excellence Awards’, Excellence in Innovation, Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs, Special Recognition in the Textile Sector, etc.

Apparel Resources brings details of the winners and why they were awarded.

Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs in the Textile Sector

In the fibre category, the award was given to Pathik Patel, Director, Basil Commodities. An IT Engineer, Pathik is a first-generation entrepreneur and his pursuit of the sustainability programme in his organisation has resulted in phenomenal growth over 5 years. He also introduced specialty cotton by implementing processes to control the high contamination level in Indian cotton. He also helped Indian cotton gain access to new markets such as Japan and Thailand.

Prashant Mohota, MD, Gimatex Industries and Chairman of CITI Young Entrepreneurs Group was honoured with the award in yarn & fabric category. Though a sixth generation entrepreneur, in the last 11 years since he joined the family business, he has converted a Rs. 120 crore spinning company into a Rs. 1,000 crore vertically integrated company. In addition, he led the setting up of Vidarbha’s 1st Integrated Textile Park and diversified his own business interests into Oil & Food.

The award for technical textiles category was conferred upon Amit Kailash Khator, MD, Khator Technical Textiles Ltd. Having set up the company in April 2013 with a vision to make a difference to the technical textile industry, he has taken the company global with exports to about 15 countries. Amit aims to become a global leader in technical textiles with quality, innovation, trustworthiness and technological prowess woven as intrinsic brand values.

The Special Young Women Entrepreneur Award was given to A. Mythili, Proprietor, Vishwaa Apparels. Having started her career as a data entry operator in 1995, she slowly grew up the ladder to finally become the Marketing Head of an apparel company. Given her ability to interact with international apparel buyers, she launched her own apparel business in April 2008. Ever since then, she has never looked back, clocking in 100 per cent year-on-year growth.

Excellence in Innovation in the Textile Sector (The Innovation Award)

In the machine category, the award was presented to Sounder Tech for its Fourth Generation Yarn Dyeing Package Carrier. Yarn dyeing, an important process in textile finishing, consumes large amounts of power, water and steam. This Innovation Dyeing Package Carrier, called the Eco-Dye Centre, has been designed keeping in mind the energy conservation concerns. While offering better and more uniform dyeing, this dye centre also helps save about 10 per cent to 20 per cent electrical energy. Capable of holding a larger number of dyeing packages, this centre helps save about 6 to 12 litres of water for every kilogram of yarn produced. The special plastic used in its manufacturing enables better handling and enhanced life.

In the product category, the award was given to Venus Safety and Health for their innovative Fold Flat Filtering Half Mask. Face masks are important protective devices used by healthcare professionals globally. The N95 Standards defined by National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, US mandate that face masks should not touch the lips and mouth of the user. The Venus Half Mask, developed in alignment with these guidelines, has no openings on any side. The blend of Low Melt Polyester, Micro Fresh Polyester and Melt Blown Nonwoven, gives it a soft interior and a hardshell exterior.

Ferreterro India was also conferred in the product category for its Energy Absorbing Tapes. These tapes are used for absorbing heavy pressure and shocks in defence and industrial applications. Given its challenging specifications, there are only two companies in the world that are manufacturing this product. To enable India’s defence sector to replace this imported product, Ferreterro developed it. The field trials with DRDO, Pune have endorsed that this product fulfils all requisite parameters. What makes it unique is the fact that after impregnating with water-based polyurethanes and curing, the product is tested at a load of 60 tonnes with controlled elongation.

Special Recognition in the Textile Sector

This award for cotton segment was presented to Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak & Co., for his research and innovation over the last six decades. Another award in Technical Textiles was conferred upon Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA). ATIRA’s efforts in composites have resulted in innovations such as low-cost toilets, jute composite, cotton composites, GFRP, KFRP, CFRP components and CFRP hybrid products. The organisation is also pursuing 32 Geo Technical Textile Projects in north-east India for strengthening roads, stabilising slopes and lining water reservoirs.

The Special Achievement Award

Mani Chinnaswamy, MD, Appachi Eco-Logic Cotton was also honoured with the same award for his dedicated efforts in promoting Eco-Logic Cotton Contract Farming for Extra Long Staple Cotton. Outstanding Achievement Award was also conferred upon Madhu Jain, India’s foremost Craft Revivalist and Textile Conservationist for her work with natural fibres. Her experimental yet fine creations in textiles, revival of rare and extinct motifs and textiles and innovative blends are true to her ‘Made in India’ natural fibres label.

Threads of Excellence: Special Achievement in Fashion

The awards in this rare category went to Rajesh Pratap Singh for the elegance and simplicity of good design and Rahul Mishra, the International Face of Indian fashion for his contribution to place Indian fashion on the world map. Also awarded was Aneeth Arora for her work in the field of sustainability, textile innovation and tradition. Her label ‘Péro’ recreates and adapts dressing styles from the remotest of areas for the modern consumers who seek a similar aesthetic, while desiring ease, comfort and pleasure in their clothes.

Promotion of Handicraft and Textile Design

The Special Recognition Award in this category was conferred upon Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council, for his pursuit of the ‘Made in India’ ideology working relentlessly for the elevation of Indian craft and the languishing handloom industry. Other awardees include Ramesh Devangan of Champa, Chhattisgarh and Kiran B Malali of Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Central Silk Board for development of the Buniyaad Reeling Machine for Silk Fibre.

Government Officers for Outstanding Achievement

Debashish Samanta, Textile Designer at Weavers’ Service Centre – for uplifting the weavers of the Begampur Cluster through design intervention

SK Patra, Deputy Director (Processing), Weavers’ Service Centre – for development of a novel method of vat dyeing

Kummaravel, Assistant Director, ROTXC, Coimbatore – for noteworthy contributions to the powerloom sector through various initiatives that have had a far-reaching impact on the sector and the workers

Iliyas Khan, Sr. Assistant Director – for his consistent efforts to promote the concept of PEHCHAN CARDS as well as encourage people in his region to adopt digital payment modes

Arvind Kumar M, Secretary National Jute Board – for designing and leading the implementation of Jute-ICARE (Improved Cultivation and Advanced Retting Exercise) Scheme since 2015