By Mahtab Bashir
ISLAMABAD: A ten-day exhibition of Indian saris, shalwar kameez, jewellery and bags started at a local guesthouse on Tuesday.
A wide range of exquisite Indian saris, antique Parsi Garas, Gara borders and Gara shalwar kameez suits, French chiffons, Lucknow saris and shalwar kameez suits, Kantha saris and shalwar kameez suits, Satya Paul Crepe De-Chine saris and shalwar kameez suits, pure cotton saris and shalwar kameez suits, evening bags and Indian jewellery were on display.
With their striking colour combinations and trendy designs, Kersi Dubash under her brand named ‘Nazakat Collections’ from Mumbai presented a seamless transition from Indian Banarsi and Lucknowi formal and casual wear to delicate wedding saris and dinner wear. Kersi has exclusively designed the cuts and flow of material.
All saris and suits woven in different ways, patterns and materials with different prints depicted a soothing effect. The clothes were an amalgamation of hues, ravishing and glittering styles with pale and vibrant shades on heavy and light fabrics such as silk, chiffon, crepe, cotton, and chickenkari.
Most of the saris were handmade and embroidered with traditional sari blouses having embellishment of pearls, crystals, beads and sequence work.
A wide range of pure and Jodha Akbar Kundan jewellery collection also attracted a number of visitors. With specially designed jewellery studded with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, tanzanite and semi-precious stones, Dubash has tried to build his brand reputation with extensive and unique product line. Bangles, bracelets, rings, earrings, pendants, and bridal sets, with diverse colour, style and combination were put on exhibition.
“I have been visiting Pakistan for over a decade now, and I always feel pleasant to be here to display my collection exclusively designed for females. Since both countries’ culture, traditions and folklore are same and so is the code of dressing. And my work has always been appreciated by Pakistani women,” Dubash told Daily Times.
The exhibition would conclude on November 7. This exhibition would also be held in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.
I am just glad that Saree is not considered “un-pakistani” any more. Pakistani tradition of interesting color combinations have a lot to contribute to the saree design.