– Borås is Sweden’s textile centre with regard to education, development and smart textiles. India’s textile industry is large and has a long history, and so we have much to learn from each other, Banashri Bose Harrison stated during her meeting with Björn Brorström, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Borås, and Susanne Nejderås of Smart Textiles.
The ambassador’s visit was part of a larger effort to see new opportunities for the textile industry in India, from both environmental and economic perspectives. Effective resource management in textile production in India may lead to both substantial environmental improvements and financial gains through, for example, recycling and decreased consumption of water, electricity and chemicals. As a result, Banashri Bose Harrison was very interested in learning more about Smart Textiles’ recycling of textiles and search for new materials that can replace resource-demanding cotton.
An important export
– The issue of sustainability is very important and we welcome future collaborative projects in this area, the ambassador said, and continued by saying that she would very much like to visit the university again in the company of the Minister of State for the Indian Ministry of Textiles. So important are textiles to the export trade of the country that they have been given their own ministry. During this future visit, Banashri Bose Harrison would also like to investigate possible collaborations with regard to technical and smart textiles.
During her visit to Borås, the Indian ambassador also visited the Swedish School of Textiles and met with some of the leading figures of the Municipality of Borås.