WITH the aim of promoting khadi, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) recently collaborated with Gujarat State Khadi and Village Industries Board and curated a special fashion show in Ahmedabad called “From Huts to the High Street”. Held at Sardar Patel National Museum, three of India’s top designers — Anamika Khanna, Rohit Bal and Rajesh Pratap Singh — showcased exclusive collections that played with the fabric. “The showstopper of this fashion show was khadi. This is our way of making sure that it becomes more popular; it’s our way of supporting the weavers who are so dependent on this dying industry,” says Sunil Sethi, President of FDCI.
Approximately 70 models walked the runway on January 17 at the venue, and Kutch-based folk musician Samandar Khan provided the background score to the event as he performed with 29 members of his troupe. “Raju (Pratap) was already working on his denim-khadi collection and he got on board a few men from the Rabari tribe of Gujarat to walk the ramp. He made denim khadi jackets for them.
Anamika too has been working with khadi and she created a new range for this show. Bal was given the brief of creating a collection very similar to his last show in Delhi at the Quli Khan tomb,” says Sethi.
Fashion icon and actor Sonam Kapoor walked the ramp in an ensemble that comprised a khadi blouse with gold embroidery by Khanna, a lehenga skirt with floral motifs by Bal, and a long jacket by Pratap.