A clever mix 23 beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras at Lakme Fashion Week at Winter Fest 2012. On India Textile Day at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai fashion designer Gaurang presented a creative mix of beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras as he dazzled the packed audience recreating the retro look of 1950’s and 1960 of Kanjeevarams with Kalamkari at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Beautiful, Charming Kirron Kher Gaurang’s Showstopper made a grand entry on the ramp in a rich ivory brocade sari. Gaurang says "Ardhagini” is designed to appeal to the modern woman with eternally popular yellow, orange, red and pink. Working around the beauty of Kanjeevarams, Kalamkari and zardozi, the designer highlighted the intricate weaving known as Korvai for the grand South Indian saris. Gaurang collections of Kanjeevaram silks splashed with animal motifs in bright hues inspired by Panchatantra Stories was truly a return of the glamorous 1950’s and 1960’s retro look with a touch of modernity. His Kalamkari prints with the beautiful brocades, were extremely creative and experimental presented in hot colours like saffron, gold, red, vermillion, green, black, blue for the salwars, cholis, saris, luxurious lehengas, and dupattas. The varied textures of the fabrics looked magnificent in each entry, with the discreet zardozi embroidery on sleeve edges and dupattas. The Kurtas were regal and varied from floor to ankle length, at times panelled or pleated but at the same time allowed the gorgeous Indian textiles that enthralled the audience. Under the ramp lights the Brocades with intricate zari and silk weave, glittered with the prominent detailing being the giant "latkans" or tassels ending with animal shapes hanging at the back of cholis, or dupattas.

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Gaurang Shah

GAURANG is an avid exponent of varied textures and rich borders in the weaves. Be it a cotton saree with a silk border or a muga tussar border with a khadi body, the creations are an enchanting fusion of tradition and craftsmanship. Different types of yarns like dupion, jute, muga, noil adorned by gold and silver zari are used for the design weaves whereas, eco friendly and natural dyes from various fruits and leaves enrich the enchanting range of the creations.

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