This season it was the divine tree in Hindu mythology that inspired Gaurang Shah’s collection called “Kalpavriksha” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. Gaurang winner of many awards for his work with Indian textiles and khadi, once again revisited the humble ‘fabric of freedom’ with a representation of the ‘Tree of Life’ woven by the Jamdani weavers of Andhra Pradesh and Bangladesh. He creatively merged the khadi with Phulkari, Kalamkari and Chikankari to bring an innovative textile offering.
The glamorous show began to the live strains of melodious music by well known saxophone player, Anil Kumar, who serenaded the models with popular Bollywood tunes. Presenting the exquisite Jamdani art, where the discontinuous extra weft technique of weaving by hand is with a detailed hand drawn design kept under the warp on the loom and replicated perfectly; Gaurang ensured that the result was flawless.
Creating a perfectly balanced melodious fashion jugalbandi, Gaurang brought together Jamdani, Phulkari, Chikankari and Kalamkari and offered heirloom pieces. Stunning anarkalis with intricate weaves, ghagras that were voluminous but superbly crafted and elegant saris worn by graceful models floated down the ramp. Colors from rainbows were used for the weaves and designs, as indigo kurta with woven border, flared beige anarkali, rust lehenga with leaf design, a black stunning sari with a bird pattern, and lots of florals recreated the natural theme. Phulkari was used for dupattas and cholis, while a bird and tiger weave looked magnificent on a sari.
Making a surprise appearance on the ramp from the audience was showstopper Bollywood super star, Vidya Balan. She looked beautiful in a gorgeous pink/gold sari designed by Gaurang Shah as they glided down the catwalk together to thunderous applause. When women want timeless innovative classics in their wardrobe then the beautiful “Kalpavriksha” collection by Gaurang Shah will win them compliments galore.