Indian Fashion Carnival 2010 in Kolkata: tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Kolkata: India Fashion Carnival-Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
Kolkata: India Fashion Carnival-Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Kolkata, Sep 1 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS):  For the Father of the Nation it was a weapon to fight the British. For greens it is the in-thing. Fashion designers call it profits while the poor weavers call it survival.

Khadi, the quintessential fibre, which has evolved over time, is all set  to adorn the Indian wardrobe this month when a three-day fashion extravaganza begins here on Sept 10.

Titled Indian Fashion Carnival, the show in Kolkata would be graced by designers like Bibi Russell, Zubair Kirmani, Rohit Karma, Riyaz Gangjee, James Ferreira and Soumitra Mondol among others.

Thanks to the endeavour of fashion designers, Khadi has transformed from being a common man’s cloth to exorbitant  bridal drapes.
The Kolkata show will be showcasing the collection in Khadi and other natural fibres as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

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“Fashion in our country is not going to go anywhere if the weavers-the true masters of the trade-are not involved,” fashion designer Riyaz Gangjee told reporters on Tuesday.

“My collection this time will be a bridal one in Khadi which comes in different colours and shades. The price of each ensemble starts from Rs 10,000 and can go up to 1 crore,’’ he said.

Upholding the weavers’ cause, designer James Ferreira said,’’Fashion in our country is not going to go anywhere if the grassroots workers are not involved.’’

In tune with the motto of the United Nations that has dedicated the year 2010 to ‘’Save the Weavers’’ from the clutches of poverty, the Indian Fashion Carnival will have a segment named  ‘’Weavers Village’ where weavers from across Bengal will work wonders with the Gandhian thread.

Director, Mindscapes One, Pratik Sen, said, ‘’Mindscapes Group of Companies have always been a promoter of weaves and weavers and this time they have all come together in the weavers village.’’

“The fashion fiesta this time will be more than just glamour event and is hoping to do good business,’’ he added.

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Photo By Abhishek Mitra

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