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'Threads of Benaras' mesmerise African First Ladies
Oct '15
'Threads of Benares', a fashion show of exquisite dresses showcasing the world famous dexterity of Banarasi weavers formed the highlight of the programme for the First Ladies at the India-Africa Forum Summit III in New Delhi.

Presented by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the 25-minute fashion show left the audience mesmerised with the magnificence of Indian crafts and its creative interpretations through indigenous Banarasi weaves.

The collection by Ekaya comprised four segments, reflecting a mix of traditional and prevailing global fashion trends. It was described as a tribute to the vivacity of the world's oldest city and its ubiquitous weavers.

The first segment including traditional Banarasi saris, was followed by the ornate lehengas, salwar-kameez and anarkalis reviving traditional splendour. The final segment showcased modern interpretations of global fashion in traditional weaves.

The show was presented against a backdrop of Vedic chants that brought alive the ambience of the ancient holy city to further enrich the experience.

“The authentic treasure of Banarasi weaves and handlooms are priceless and deserve to be showcased at global platforms through either ramps or museums. This remains the biggest strength of our country and we need to tap its vast, untapped potential,” said Sunil Sethi, President of FDCI.

The fashion show was attended by 17 First Ladies. Distinguished Indian guests present at the show included Ameena Jung, wife of Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Sunita Kejriwal, wife of Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Neelam Pratap Rudy, Joram Rina Rijiju, and Lalitha Kumaramangalam among others. (SH)

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