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.
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 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.