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Lakme Fashion Week: Indian Textiles Day Part One


A designated day for celebration of the Indian textile heritage is an unprecedented concept that was initiated under the Lakme Fashion Week banner a while back. In the beginning, the work showcased on that day oscillated between garbled and tedious but a short span of time the vocabulary has found a refinement of understanding and deep appreciation.
The sustainable fashion market was shackled in traditional ‘zari’ saris and shapeless garments. A spate of talented designers with deep understanding of the weaves and a repertoire of clever cuts shifted the premise and shattered the correlation between handlooms and the ‘jholawaalas’. Now these garments are regarded as the preferred clothing for uber chic and style icons.

‘Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textile Day’ at Lakme Fashion Week has been the meeting ground of these designers from the varied parts of the country and the dazzling, glamorous runway. The empowered set of patrons of sustainable fashion now has an address.

The first show #MADEINASSAM, three diverse protagonists of Assamese heritage weaves had come together to showcase the myriad appeal of this textile.
*The first on the runway was Aagor by ANTS craft, an NGO that since 2002 has nurtured about 150 marginalised tribal women weavers of strife torn areas by teaching and providing weaving work, health care so as to afford them the freedom to stay with their families.


Keenly feeling the disparity and distance in the growing commercial success of textiles and the absence of Northeastern offerings, Pranami Kalita started her label Pariah to bridge that gap showcasing garments skilfully crafted from traditional, luxurious silks like Paat, Eri and Muga.


Anuradha Kuli of – Naturally Anuradha is an Award Winning Master Weaver with 25 years of intense hard work behind her and has risen from grass roots to a space of nurturing a growing community of weavers. She is a revivalist of forgotten weaves and boldly works with natural dyes and hand-spun Eri threads to offer saris that have an exceptional appeal. Vintage embroidery revivalist Purvi Patel teamed these saris with contemporary cut blouses.


Lakme Fashion Week: Indian Textiles Day Part Two


KALEEKAL revisited conventional gender roles and interpreted them into a fluid collection in textiles made from organic natural fibers. Innovative techniques of zero waste pattern cutting, ethical fabrics, recycling, yarn repurposing were employed for the realisation of the collection.


THREE experimented with the beauty of imperfections in our lives presenting a wear for the woman who instead of rejecting their flaws, celebrates them. A play of colours, predominantly red and white, and multiple playful stripes makes these garments comfortable every day wear.


Kallol Datta 1955 stuck to his commitment towards trend free style that has been his hallmark from the very nascent stage of his label. He explored the validity of trending hashtag of sustainability by reinstating his allegiance to slow fashion.


Archana on Bazaar Bride: (Un)Covered


Bazaar Bride’s April edition was quite an unexpected one for two reasons, first for not featuring an actor and second, for featuring model Archana Akil Kumar in a very traditional look.

I, for one, absolutely loved it!

P.S. She is wearing a Rajesh Pratap Singh sari with a Suhani Pittie belt, PNG Jewellers arm cuff and bangle and a Fatherland nose pin.


Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

In Fatherland


Draping a Fatherland sari in a traditional manner, Vidya partook in Durga Puja festivities recently. With flowers in her hair, she finished out the look with jewelry that included a stack of red bangles. How lovely is the sari?! Always been a sucker for white and gold.

Vidya Balan Wears A Fatherland Sari To Durga Puja Celebrations-1

Vidya Balan At Durga Puja Celebrations

Vidya Balan Wears A Fatherland Sari To Durga Puja Celebrations-2

Vidya Balan At Durga Puja Celebrations

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

In Fatherland


Wearing a Fatherland sari, Kalki attended the 9th Asian Film Awards and while we applaud her for picking a handwoven sari to wear to the international event, can’t say we love the way she wore it. The full-sleeved velvet blouse already felt awkward with the cotton sari but what I disliked more here was those bangles.

A simpler blouse, a better drape and some boho style jewellery is what the sari deserved.


Kalki Koechlin at 9th Asian Film Awards 2015

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani