Anita Dongre brings crafts and heritage on ramp with Grassroot at Lakme Fashion Week

Anita Dongre, grassroot, traditional, western wear, fusion wear, traditional, designer,  It was a fashion meets craft revival moment when Anita Dongre presented her Grassroot collection at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week.

Bollywood star Dia Mirza made a touching introduction of the theme at the beginning of the show. Anita used precious crafts like Ahir embroidery from Gujarat, ikat from Karnataka and Hyderabad, Gotta Patti from Rajasthan, weaves of Banaras, intricate Warli and hand block prints to create a line of asymmetric striped/solid tunics, shirt waister dresses, cascading poncho tops, capris, slit sleeve capes, summer frocks, batwing ponchos, striped shifts, front buttoned tubes and cross-over multi-print flared dresses. The fabrics were gorgeous khadi and hand spun silk from Bhagalpur.

Anita Dongre, Grassroot, fashion, fusion wear, craftsmen, warli, gota patti, ikat
Anita Dongre Grassroot collection at LFW

The collection used block printing, mirror work, Warli and embroidery to draw attention. I also loved the collection of eco-conscious and functional bags and the natural line of jewellery in semi-precious stones on silver.

Anita Dongre, fashion, grassroot, ikat, emboridery, gota patti, warli Anita moved from the cliched Bollywood showstopper for her finale and instead brought 26 master craftswomen from Gujarat to walk the ramp. The talented ladies are truly the stars of fashion and traditional craftsmanship.

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