Giving a twist to tradition

Natural fabric

In an effort to popularise khadi, the ‘Karnataka Fashion Week’, which kickstarted on Wednesday at the Bowring Institute, saw models walking the ramp with the best designs in the natural fabric.

Popular designers came together to showcase their unique collections. Pointing out that the theme for the first day was chosen to create an awareness about the not-so-popular khadi, Prasad Bidapa, the host of the show said, “We want to sensitise people to understand the multi-faceted fabric and the wonderful way in which khadi can be carried off. There is such a beautiful collection available but not many know about it. It is a fabric that cannot be replicated.”  He added, “The options with khadi are numerous. They just have to be explored. It is such a global product.” Tara Aslam, whose collection was showcased by the models, pointed out that the completely natural product is appreciated far more by westerners than by Indians.

“They are hand-spun, hand-dyed, hand-woven and hand-embroidered. Foreigners appreciate the fabric more than the localites,” she rued adding, “Khadi is something that’s always in vogue. Hardly seasonal I would say.” Roshan, who runs Roshan’s House of High Design in Sadashivanagar, whose designs exclusively for men were displayed said, “Since there are many designers here focussing on women, I wanted to do something different.

I am keen to showcase the angrakha, a garment for men which has been inspired by Mughal figures. My designs are for the wedding trousseau.”

He added, “It’s a very comfortable garment. I haven’t used too many embellishments.” Array Dabas, who walked the ramp said, “Being fond of Indian traditional wear, I am eager to showcase the khadi wear. The richnesss of the multi-faceted fabric is yet to be understood by many. But hopefully, after seeing the collecting this evening by some very talented designers, I’m sure there will be many more who appreciate the fabric for what it is.”

Later on in the show, model Priya Nayak walked the ramp in a colourful attire. Although not filled to capacity, those who did attend the first day of the show, were an impressed lot. “The collection was vast. I’ve always been under the impression that khadi was not for me. But after seeing the numerous possibilities, I’m quite tempted to pick up something for myself,” said Raghav, who was at the fashion show.

Mythri, another member of the audience said, “I’ve always looked at khadi as a dull fabric. But the get-up that the designers gave the clothes was really good. While I’ve seen women wearing khadi, it was good to see men sporting it as well,” she said.

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