Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gir guards don NIFT designs...

Monday, 24 May 2010
The National Institute of Fashion Technology is designing uniforms with camouflage patterns for forest officers, range officers and forest guards of the Gir Lion sanctuary in Gujarat. Since the forest staff have day and night duties, the institute is making more comfortable uniforms for them. The fabric used in the uniforms will have an anti-bacterial finish and crotch guard. On the whole the apparel will look less like a uniform and more like clothing that exudes comfort and ease of wear.

Also, it will be skin-friendly and appropriate for a hot and humid environment with breathable properties. Since, their current uniforms are colonial style the focus is on reviving the style, color and giving a modern finish to the fabric. NIFT is giving them outfits with a modern and trendy finish with a lot of style and color. The Gujarat branch of NIFT is looking after the project. The Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife Crime Cell), Gujarat Medicinal Plant Board and NIFT are coordinating. About 400 personnel patrol the Gir Sanctuary which is the last refuge of the Asiatic lion.

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