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5 days ago
Weavers are artists, not mere handloom workers: Varun Bahl

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Ace designer Varun Bahl, who is part of an initiative to revive the heritage of the Indian textile industry and employment for the Banaras weavers, believes the weavers' craft goes beyond just handloom work. We are very serious about our commitment towards this, and gaining the trust of the weavers, and helping them work as a team along with us is my prerogative...

25 days ago
Indian designers to give global face to Banarasi weaves

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Age-old Banarasi weaves from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, are poised for a facelift, courtesy a string of high-end Indian designers who are hoping to put their forces behind improving the livelihood of skilled workers and forging the global popularity of the fabric as a Make In India product. A meeting, led by designer-politician Shaina ...

1 month ago
Financial independence of women helps curb violence: NCW

Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) Financial independence of women can help curtail violence against them by as much as 90 percent, National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said here on Saturday. The NCW receives 250 complaints on daily basis... 70 percent are for domestic violence. We have noticed that when women own property or have financial backing, the violence against th...

1 month ago
New handloom act will mean death for handloom industry: Ritu Kumar

New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Talk of a change in the Handloom Reservation Act, which has since 1985 protected handloom weaves from being copied by machine-made and powerloom competitors, has got veteran designer Ritu Kumar worried about the plight of millions of India's weavers who are already fighting for their livelihood. A notable name in the Indian fashion industry, who has focussed her e...

1 month ago
Ritu Kumar's silk collection celebrates Kolkata weavers skills

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) In an endevour to promote traditional print heritage, ace designer Ritu Kumar presented a capsule collection of re-produced vintage hand-block woven silk saris at an event here on Friday. The range also celebrated the hereditary skills of their Kolkata weavers. The collection was inspired by the traditional print heritage of the designer herself and comprised of a...

2 months ago
AIFW 2015 high on design, less on Bollywood drama

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A whimsical world of fantasies, silhouttes straight from fairy tales and 25 style gurus coming together to pay an ode to the rich heritage of India at the finale - the 25th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) here laid out bold, edgy, innovative style statements as designers rolled out varied styles in pastel shades of winter. However, the edition witnessed less...

2 months ago
Designers celebrate Indian heritage at grand finale of AIFW

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) There was music, dance, drama and style at the grand finale of the 25th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week here with 25 designers like Raghavendra Rathore, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee coming together to pay an ode to the rich heritage of India through their ensembles. The designers were given the theme Crafts of India and they splashed colo...

2 months ago
AIFW: 25 designers to mark 25th finale

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The grand finale of the forthcoming Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) -- the 25th edition of the FDCI fashion gala -- will be truly grand with 25 designers coming together to present signature pieces celebrating India's rich handicraft tapestry. The ramp at AIFW will burst in a kaleidoscope of red, orange and pink during the 'Special Celebration Grand Finale', w...

3 months ago
Snapdeal.com acquires premium fashion portal Exclusively.com

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Online shopping portal Snapdeal.com has acquired premium and luxury fashion site Exclusively.com, a company statement by the former said here Wednesday. With this acquisition, Snapdeal.com looks to further strengthen its fashion business and reach $2 billion in gross merchandise value in the fashion category this year. However, the company declined to disclose th...

4 months ago
Indian designers picture Michelle Obama in six-yard wonder

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) A navy blue knee-length dress, an off-shoulder gown or a floral dress - the First Lady of the US has worn them all. But on her forthcoming visit to India, desi designers wish she drapes different styles of the six-yard wonder - whether chiffons or traditional Benarasi weaves. Michelle will accompany her husband US President Barack Obama to India Jan 25, a day ah...

5 months ago
Theft at designer Ritu Kumar's store in capital

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The bridal couture collection and cash amounting to close to Rs.60 lakh was stolen from veteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar's flagship store in the capital's South Extension market, a police officer said. The theft happened in the wee hours of Friday morning. An FIR has been filed at the Hauz Khas police station, and the investigation is on. An es...

6 months ago
Role reversal of fashion, films: Healthy exchange of creativity

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Films and fashion go hand in hand and their relationship went a step forward in the year gone by,with designers going behind the camera to make movies and film stars taking to scissors and measuring tapes to showcase their expertise in designing. If Vikram Phadnis crossed over to direct a film, Deepika Padukone also did so to reveal her creativity with fabrics.<...

7 months ago
Khadi goes chic, turns money-spinner

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Khadi, once the dowdy sartorial symbol of India's independence movement, is now trendy and makes the cash registers ring. Designers are rocking the ramp with khadi collections and brands are seeing profit by selling their range made from hand-woven cotton fabric. The khadi collection by Fabindia, a brand that retails handcrafted clothing and home furnishings, sel...

8 months ago
Dia Mirza marries Sahil Sangha

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Actress Dia Mirza, sporting a Ritu Kumar-designed green and beige ensemble, exchanged marital vows with her beau and business partner Sahil Sangha here Saturday. The couple, who got engaged in New York earlier this year, had an Arya Samaj wedding ceremony at a farmhouse in Ghitorni here. The duo came out post wedding and posed for the shutterbugs. If Dia ...

8 months ago
Dia Mirza sports Ritu Kumar outfit at pre-wedding function

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Bollywood actress and former beauty queen Dia Mirza looked ethereal in an ethnic outfit by fashion designer Ritu Kumar, for her mehndi function. The event - part of her pre-wedding ceremonies - was held in the capital Thursday. Dia, who is marrying filmmaker Sahil Sangha Saturday, seemed happy and excited in a marigold yellow chanderi multi-panelled kurta.

9 months ago
Modern women in focus in Ritu Kumar's latest line

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) Designer Ritu Kumar has come up with her autumn winter line that draws its inspiration from traditional prints of Rajasthan and Kutch. The target audience is contemporary women. Ranging from kurtis, skirts, suits and short jackets, the collection comprises of varied styles for both day and evening wear, said a statement. The collection is available in col...

9 months ago
Use handloom fabrics in unconventional way: Ritu Kumar

New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Veteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar, who works with local weavers and artisans across the country regularly, says that by using handloom fabrics unconventionally, people in the design fraternity can give a new lease of life to the craftsmen. At a talk here at The Lodhi here Monday evening, she took a group of textile-mad people through a presentation about the co...

9 months ago
Ritu Kumar campaigns for craftsmen

Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) Veteran designer Ritu Kumar has launched an initiative titled 'Beautiful Hands Make Beautiful Work' to recognise the work of craftsmen. The campaign will feature a series of videos released over time with an objective to portray the people and craft behind Ritu Kumar label. The videos will narrate the story behind the identity, craftsmanship and the revival of India...

10 months ago
'Kareena a perfect Ritu Kumar muse'

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Award winning veteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar, two of whose creations have been worn by Kareena Kapoor in a song from Singham Returns, says the actress is a perfect muse for her designs. In the song Kuch toh hua hai from Singham Returns, which released Friday, Kareena is seen flaunting ethnic yet contemporary outfits from the Ritu Kumar Label collection. <...

10 months ago
Four injured in Pakistan firing in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 11 (IANS) Two troopers and two women were injured Monday as Pakistan Rangers opened fire at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district, an official said. Police sources told IANS here that two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers - Head Constable Sunil Kumar and Constable Bishnoi - were injured when the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked firing at four p...

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