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Sanket Avlani is a man of cloth. He and his team treat textile and design as religion, and this could be their attempt to convert you: a three day festival that brings together homegrown heroes and international rock stars of the design world at an aptly titled venue – Famous Studios.
Sanket, an ex advertising art director and serial font corrector first founded Taxi Fabric, the initiative that dressed black-and-yellow cabs in upholstery designed by local artists. Next, the team founded Design Fabric (you see the whole man of cloth thing now?), an online editorial platform that this festival is an extension of. Kids, come early to get a good pew.
Hi, Who’s Speaking?
You can book tickets here for Design Fabric Festival (DFF), plans for which will be sketched from March 29 to 31. The team promises an engaging series of talks, artist-led workshops, panel discussions, networking events and parties across the city.
Speakers include street style photographer sensation Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist (NY); the incredibly cool graphic design studio Hey Studio (Barcelona); Christoph Niemann (Berlin), one of the most famous illustrators in the world who featured in the first episode of Netflix's Abstract; Adam J. Kurtz (NY), author & artist; Katie Rodgers (NY), fashion illustrator of Paperfashion; Anthony Burrill (London), designer and printmaker, best known for his typographic compositions, including the famous "Work Hard and Be Nice to People” and more.
From our own backyard, equally celebrated speakers will be in attendance; say hello and congratulations to fashion label Bodice’s Ruchika Sachdeva, recent recipient of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize 2018. V Sunil will be there as well, one of India's most influential design thinkers who spearheaded the Incredible !ndia and Make in India campaigns; Orijit Sen, the artist behind India’s first graphic novel; and textile artist Sarah Naqvi. Excited? 20 more speakers are still to be announced.
So get in and keep the meter running okay?
Getting there: DFF presented by Asian Paints on March 29-31 at Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi, buy tickets here, Phase 1 tickets at Rs 1,750 for student and Rs 3,500 for general tickets.

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