For an integrated approach to natural fibre development, the workshop provided a common platform for all stakeholders to deliberate on fibre specific challenges and opportunities. Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India inaugurated the workshop on 22 nd July 2014. In her inaugural address, she informed about the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s directive to MoT to develop links with NID given the importance of design in textiles and garments and particularly in Jute and she stressed on a need for institute-industry collaboration. Smt. Kiran Soni, Textile Commissioner said that in the era of eco-preservation and sustainable development, the way forward is to work towards nature. Shri Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID advised on co-creation and cross fertilization of technology and design for product development. The workshop generated very lively and quality deliberations and led to forging of partnership of complementary institute and industry for collaborative R&D in specific fibre sector and formation of Natural Fibre Consortium.