Born as the result of the collaboration between Accademia Italiana, Oxfam Italy and the accessory and clothing brand I was a sari, the project revolves around sustainability. The students of the final year of the Fashion Design Bachelor’s Degree from the Rome and Florence campuses have been invited to create a collection using pre-owned saris, giving a new life to the typical feminine garment from the Indian tradition. “Min Waste, Max Respect” is the slogan I was a sari uses to express the ethics of its made in Mumbai brand. Stefano Funari’s brand stands for the environment and women, creating unique pieces with recycled saris and providing jobs for over 170 women coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The presentation of the collections is set for the opening ceremony of the festival on December 6th at Cinema La Compagnia in Florence. River to River, founded in 2001, is the only Indian festival of its kind outside of India. The festival offers a 360° journey to India, from cinema to exhibitions, from events to enogastronomic explorations, drawing the attention of people all across Italy and abroad. Now in its 22nd edition, this year the festival gathers famous Indian movie directors presenting 31 movie premieres. The appointment is from the 6th to the 11th December at Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/R Florence.