Well-known textile revivalist Ritu Kumar’s “Varanasi Weaves” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 was not just a treat to eyes but a real tribute to Indian artisans.
As she walked the ramp with showstopper Aditi Rao Hyadri and senior Indian artisans, the audience showed their gratitude with loud applause.
Ritu’s initiative to honour Banarsi Weavers was supported by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to revive the handloom weaving in Varanasi. Ritu recreated the aura of vintage designs using old nakshas.
The show divided into four parts revealed Ritu’s versatility in creating weaves of a superlative form. Opening with the white-on-white line with gold highlights in transparent or opaque weaves; the gossamer fabrics were a dream to behold. Layered asymmetric tunics, loose pants, corsets and tiered gowns were in a wide assortment of fabrics. While the sari section was rich and lush in colour and form. The gorgeous silks from Banaras in gold and moga thread is going to be a sure shot success among the younger buyers.