The Lakme Fashion Week 2016 – Hand Woven Wonders

by Shatika, September 26, 2016


The relevance of short sleeves or jackets a la Modi style or sarees worn by popular actresses all point to a time period. As the seconds do not wait for anyone, fashion is ever versatile, faithful to none and ruthless with change. Fashion falls prey to decadence very fast. Thus it is quintessentially a catch 22 condition-you abhor its felicity but admire its relevance. With growing awareness of latest trends, due to media and technology, fashion has come to be in the palms of our hands. Designer Yana Ngoba, featured weaves by eleven communities belonging to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and compelling sarees by Anuradha Pedu of Assam.

assam handloom sarees by yana ngoba

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Social Responsibility

The fashion week this year dealt with emphasis on social responsibility and environmental impact, the Lakmé Fashion Week, 2016 threw light on weaves from Assam. Prime Minister Modi has also promoted Handloom in a big way and Minister of Textiles Ms. Smriti Irani, is also an ardent admirer of handloom products. But to like and to promote are two different things. The latter is obviously very difficult. Then the obligation of such events becomes to highlight, the whole of India and to savour and preserve our heritage. A great start was made with ‘Halodi’, a celebration of Assam where designers based their work on the state they lived in. They created magic with luxurious handwoven fabrics. While the spellbound audience watched the Assamese models walk the ramp, in gorgeous handloom sarees, one after the other. Indeed, a day of pride as the weaver was being regaled while big names in the fashion industry charmed the audience.

Potential of Handwoven 

It becomes the responsibility of the organizers to give a platform to the diversity that is, India. North-east, which is a veritable storehouse of talent was given impetus. The Mekhlas have already stunned us. The exotic work of Anuradha Pedu, was the talk of the evening. The ramp came alive with the fire of the weavers creations set to the tune of the designers, saluting the weave and the weaver. The saree continues to rule and the best part it is not confined to Indian contours but also wears well on the international ramp. The essence of the wide palette and intricate patterns which only compliment and advocate its use and therefore promote it in such a way that it, becomes a way of life.

anuradha pedu lakme sarees designs

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Quaint yarns

The silkworms breeding is done to get pure and original yarns from the kosa silk worms, to mulberry, to eri and the muga all suggest one thing that is, this craft should be developed and the weavers given a better life and acknowledgment that they add value to the ethnicity of our country. The Assamese sarees made by eri or muga silkworms are quite a rage. Shatika also has a wide variety of these sarees. The Tussar sari, Matka silk saree, the Ghicha silk saree or the Bhagalpuri silk saree. The sober kalamkari prints, the handwork which has transcended thousands of years. The conspicuously creative handloom sarees cannot be ignored, as they represent our past- to make our future better. If these sarees come from the heart of India or from the seven sisters of the east, it is good work- done correctly.

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