Inauguration of IFI Rajasthan office & launch of The Textile Lab for Women

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India inaugurates the Rajasthan office of The French Institute in India and launches The Textile Lab for Women.

Jaipur, 22 October 2018

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today visited Jaipur to inaugurate the Rajasthan office of the French Institute India (IFI) and the Textile Lab for Women in Prem Nagar II, Mansarovar.

Rajasthan office of the French Institute India: a new space dedicated to strengthening France’s links with Rajasthan for innovation and mobility

Strengthening the relationship, the new French Institute in India (IFI) office will maintain France’s permanent presence in Jaipur. The purpose of this very first IFI outside the national capital is to promote fruitful and sustained people-to-people contacts between Rajasthan and France. The new office will facilitate access to the many opportunities France has to offer in the fields of education and culture for the people of the state of Rajasthan. The IFI in Rajasthan will also house its office of Campus France Jaipur, which is the French government’s one-stop-shop for the mobility of Indian students to France. France is a favoured destination for international students, including Indians, as it offers high-quality education, a dynamic environment and more than 1,300 English-taught programmes in a wide range of disciplines.

The Textile Lab For Women: from livelihood to métier d’art (high-end master craftsmanship)

The second highlight of his trip, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler, in presence of Ms Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of French luxury brand, Dior, proceeded to the soft launch of a textile and innovation makerspace created through collaboration between IFI and Maker’s Asylum.

Endorsing India’s legacy in textile while imagining an innovative future, the Lab will work as an Indian and international platform for knowledge and skill sharing. It will promote exchanges, linking local craftsmen and other professionals and promote excellence in the field of art, craft and design through innovative approaches. The lab, a space will foster creation and innovation in master craftsmanship.

Driven by the belief that innovation can drive social change, the Lab will focus on developing a simple, sustainable model in order to boost creativity and add value to the livelihoods of women artisans in particular.

Prior to the Lab’s opening, a hackathon was held aimed at women artisans, students, designers, based on the Lab’s main themes led by the Maker’s Asylum team. The French Institute and Maker’s Asylum will work closely with Indian and international artisan clusters, universities, start-ups and research centres to curate a year-long programme of workshops, research, residencies and conferences.

Welcoming the initiative, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, ‘For the first time, the French Institute is opening a bureau outside of Delhi, which is also the first permanent office of any foreign mission in the state of Rajasthan. This is an embodiment of our keenness to facilitate exchanges between this region and France. This is especially true when it comes to education, and the Campus France office housed here, is here to help you choose France.’

About the Textile Lab, the Ambassador said ‘We have a strong belief that innovation should drive socio-economic changes. These changes, however, will only become a reality if this Lab can gather everyone’s goodwill in developing a simple and sustainable model, in boosting creativity and market opportunities. We are building a process together, so this place will be at everyone’s disposal.’

About IFI

The French Institute in India / IFI (Institut français India) is the Department culture, science and education service of the Embassy of France in India. It facilitates academic and scientific exchange between higher institutes of learning and research, enables student mobility, promotes French language and artistic and cultural partnerships. Cooperation between India and France takes place through a number of sectors: Arts & Culture, Books & Ideas, French Language & Education, Study in France programme, Academic Partnerships, Science & Technology, as well as Innovation and Multimedia.

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About Campus France

A part of the Embassy of France, Campus France is a government agency providing services to students who wish to pursue higher studies in France. It serves as an information resource for students in planning every stage of their stay in France – helping them define their study plans, choose and apply to programmes, and assist them in the visa process. Campus France has 13 offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

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About Maker’s Asylum

Founded by Boston University graduate Vaibhav Chhabra and based in Mumbai, it is a collaborative makerspace bringing together people from varied backgrounds to work on interdisciplinary projects through exploration and learning.

Last modified on 24/10/2018

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