The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presented a show titled, ‘Threads of Banaras’, as part of the First Ladies’ programme during the ongoing India-Africa Forum Summit III on October 29. With a stunning conceptualisation by FDCI and Ekaya it will pay homage to Banarasi weaves and revive the lost splendour of Varanasi through magnificent crafts and modern silhouettes.
In an effort to nurture the burgeoning Indian fashion landscape, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) set up collaborations and global exchange of designers. It has made the ‘Make in India’ label avant-garde by reviving the golden era of India’s treasured heritage.
This 25-minute show was a collection by Ekaya which ran over four segments and paid a tribute to the vivacity of Banaras and its weavers. The first segment began with traditional Banarasi saris, followed by ornate lehengas, salwar kameez and Anarkalis reviving traditional splendour. The final segment showcased modern interpretations of global fashion with traditional weaves.
Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI said, “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.” He also took this opportunity, to thank the Ministry of External Affairs, for giving the FDCI, the opportunity for partnering with them for a prestigious event like this. “We delighted about this collaboration, as it is in keeping with our unflinching commitment towards handlooms. It modernised traditional textiles and gave them a sparkling new avatar,” he added.
The fashion show was attended by First Ladies from African nations such Burundi, Comoros, Angola, Eq. Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
The event also witnessed the presence of the spouses of Indian leaders such as Smt. Ameena Jung, Smt. Sunita Kejriwal, Ms. Jaya Jaitely, Smt. Bharti Singh, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, Smt. Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Ms. Neelam Pratap Rudy, Joram Rina Rijiju, Ms. Manju Singh, Ms. Punita Kumar Sinha to name a few.