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Ritu Kumar presents 'Varanasi Weaves' at LFW
Aug '15
One of India's best known fashion designers, Ritu Kumar presented Varanasi Weaves at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 on India Textile Day, in continuation with her revivalist projects that centre around the traditional crafts and textiles of India.

Ritu Kumar's collection titled ''Varanasi Weaves'' is woven in four parts. The collection began with the gossamer White on White line, highlighted with gold, in sheer and opaque threads woven in the main fabric, requiring meticulous cut work by women of the region. This is both an interpretation of one of India's most coveted aesthetic that is White on White in gossamer weaves.

The next part of the collection was of saris rewoven to make them soft as butter, clinging and more sensuous than what has come of the looms of Benaras after a long time. The drape has been reintroduced along with the subtle gold and moga thread weaving which make the saris wearable and attractive for the young, with an aim of getting the newer generation looking to own one such sari as part of their wardrobe, and not necessarily for bridal wear only.

A sophisticated, ancient and highly rare technique of weaving is still done for the Buddhist monasteries of the regions of Ladakh, Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet by weavers in Varanasi. These are religious fabrics now made into loose coats to give the look of one of the most skilled weaves of the world.

The last part of the show, was conceived and executed with weaves developed as part of the CSR programme of the Ritu Kumar team, to reintroduce in woven from Benaras the subtle and deep understanding of drape, colour and technique of weaving to produce highly glamorous looks, which are India's couture and the city's USP, as it is the country's heritage.

Actor, Aditi Rao Hydari, was the showstopper for the show, dressed in an unconventional drape with gold leggings and topi.

"The aim of this show is to bring the fabulous tradition of gold and silver weaving in Benaras, back into the mainstream flow of fashion. The old holy city is not only the most ancient of old cities, the weaves of Banaras are the only surviving textiles in the world, where the skills of the master weavers create handlooms which are a true statement of the bespoke garment. These weaves and textiles are the most haute couture of all with a strong aesthetic statement of 'Make in India'. Benaras weaves are almost like a monument worth preserving like no other, in the world” said Ritu Kumar. (SH)

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