‘Weaves of Banaras’ as spun by Indian design gurus. By Team Born of Web
The ongoing Make in India week in Mumbai is perhaps the biggest platform for all industries to share their skills and ideas and make a progressive mark in their journeys ahead. Jumping on the bandwagon where everything that’s Indian is being supported by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) collaborated with various departments of the government to showcase ‘Weaves of Banaras’ on the ramp.
Twelve ace designers such as Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal,Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Namrata Joshipura, JJ Valaya, Ashish Soni, Arjun Saluja, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre, Abraham & Thakore and Abhishek Gupta got together for the show and presented three ensembles each. They revelled in the sheer artisanal beauty of the weaves of Banaras and gave it a stunning metaphorical twist through emblematic colours, silhouettes and surreal forms.
The venue was enlivened with marigold and mogra flowers, which added an irresistible flavour to the captivating retelling of the enduring influence of Banaras as it blended beautifully with the installations in white and gold.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s beautiful brides came dressed in brocade lehengas, clutching embroidered minaudières, with a winning combination of white, gold and black, while the maverick Rajesh Pratap Singh gave traditional brocade a fresh hue with his coats, which made the catwalk glimmer with the tones of ivory, intermingled with the luminosity of hand-crafted textiles.
Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, addressed the audience before the show and said, “This initiative will help promote our rich heritage and the artisans of Banaras, who have strived to take forward this legacy. We want to put the focus back on the weavers, promote this sustainable art and bring it back to mainstream fashion. We are delighted to receive such an overwhelming response for the ‘Weaves of Banaras.”
Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “Tonight Fashion was seen as one of the industries in the Make In India context. This is the biggest satisfaction that FDCI’s designers have put our fraternity on the international scene.”