New Zealand’s Prime Minister Scholarship for Asia students showcase contemporized collection at a fashion event in collaboration with Pearl Academy

HE David Pine,

March 30, 2023, Education New Zealand administers the Prime Minister Scholarship for Asia, a unique scholarship program that enables a rich exchange of languages, cultures, skills, and opportunities. The program highlights the New Zealand government’s commitment to India and its education relationship, particularly to help grow strong connections between young New Zealanders and Indians.

As part of the joint effort, a cohort of 15 students from Whitecliffe School of Fashion & Sustainability, also the recipients of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, visited India and worked with the students of Pearl Academy and artisans of Kala Raksha for five weeks.

Collaborating with the NGO Kala Raksha from Bhuj, Kutch – 30 students went on a trip and stayed with the artisans for over two weeks. The larger group was distilled into groups and assigned to make each garment. The embroidery work was done collaboratively with an indigenous group and students.

The students showcased their work through an innovative fashion event titled NO:MAAD: ISH on Tuesday 28th March at the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi. Speaking about the event, HE David Pine, New Zealand High Commission to India, said, “New Zealand and India hold strong education ties and the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia symbolizes New Zealand government’s commitment to further strengthen bilateral ties between both countries.”

“We are thrilled to have 15 Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipients from Whitecliffe College visit India and take this opportunity to collaborate with Pearl Academy students in fashion and sustainability. We believe such initiatives welcome diverse perspectives, develop students’ ability to think creatively and collaboratively, and widen the avenues of knowledge around different cultures.” he further added.

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