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Role of Mushroom in dress designing with the complete procedure followed

Faculty of Fashion and Design, SGT University presented the designs of garments which were inspired by Mushroom. The idea to append this theme was to promote the use of Khadi in Gandhiji era; we also did the same. The silhouettes of Mushroom like softness, texture, shape, colour, structure were used on the garments. All the garments were made from the Khadi fabric, blends of Khadi like Khadi silk, Khadi muslin etc. It is a versatile fabric cool in summer and warm in winter. Khadi is used for Tropical Indian dresses like Sarees and Kurtis etc. But the innovative thing in the project was that the style was western but the fabric used was Indian. All the dresses were inspired by the Beige color of Mushroom. There were many dresses which were very unique and trending like Shrug and Dhoti Pants. A Ruffle based dress was also there which was made up of Khadi Silk, engraving a special impact on our audience. There was an enormous procedure followed by the team such as brainstorming of the theme at the early stage which later on processed by the boards to depict the theme such as mood board, theme board, color board, client Board and fabric board. Furthermore, specification and working drawing are to be made for the designs after that the procedure for the main product starts; it is followed by the Photo shoot of the garment. Design patents are also equally important in the modern era of plagiarism. The significance of the theme is to Boycott foreign fabric, to balance ecological infrastructure, honouring the spirit of patriotism, protect skin and health from the hazards of synthetics and amalgamation of Indian fabric with western silhouette is a perfect example of the couture garments.

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Prevention is Better than Cure…the Ayurveda Way!!

Every individual desires a long and healthy life but in today’s era of the polluted world, exhausting lifestyle and rapid urbanization it’s becoming more difficult to complete this task. Medical science has evolved thousandfold but the prime focus was on the cure of diseases rather on the prevention of health. Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the history of mankind. It is the need of time to look back and follow the secrets of our ancestors who were living a healthy life for hundreds of years with the help of Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda, the human body gets nourished on external factors that include food, water, atmosphere, and even psychological feeds that we receive. Homeostasis always exists between body needs and nourishment received which is maintained by the mechanisms which function at various levels. Ayurveda has discovered five procedures named Vamana, Virechana, Niruha Basti, Anuvasana Basti, and Nasya which are useful to maintain this homeostasis. The body’s functions are in accordance with a circadian rhythm which is due to changes in atmosphere and adaptation that take place at a physiological level. Ayurveda has classified functional entities in the body in three broad categories termed Dosha viz. Vata, Pitta, Kapha. The balance of these three keeps a person disease-free. Seasonal variations are observed in these factors. For e.g. In Vasanta Ritu i.e. in the month of February-March Kapha increases naturally which makes a person prone to diseases like Asthma, allergies, certain skin disorders, etc. In the starting off rainy season Vata increases in the body; the abnormal rise of which is responsible for the aggravation of degenerative joint disorders, certain neurological diseases. Similarly, Pitta vitiation in Sharada Ritu i.e. near September-October aggravates digestive disorders, skin diseases, etc. Timely management of these vitiations of Dosha can keep a person healthy and live long. Ayurveda advocates to Take Vamana in Vasant Ritu (in February-March), Virechana in Sharad Ritu (in September-October), Niruha and Anuvasana Basti at the beginning of Varsha Ritu (in June- July) to maintain the health. However, Nasyakarma is included in a daily regimen to be followed. The mode of action of these therapies and their role in the prevention of health and cure of diseases has already been validated through many clinical and experimental types of research. Duration required for these therapies ranges from 7 to 15 days and needs minimal hospitalization. However, care must be taken to follow the do and don’ts associated with these treatments. Healthy individual reports improvement in overall quality of life after undergoing these therapies which is very much needed for longevity with health.

Dr. Swapnil Auti,
Associate Professor, Panchakarma,
Faculty of Indian medical system

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