The theme state – Maharashtra-of the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, presented a scintillating fashion show, showcasing the richness of Maharashtra’s traditional styles. The fashion show took the audience back in time to 18th Century in the first round.
“The models sashayed down the ramps in traditional clothes of the 'Katkari Samaj'. The second round of the fashion show stepped into the 19th Century, which presented the famous ‘Nauwari’ saari also called the 9 yard saari. The Nauwari saari during the time was a part of the Lavani culture and was a part of the traditional attire worn for the Lavani dance,” said an official spokesman.
Models wore the Nauwari saari in the most colourful forms with intricate traditional border-work. The male models displayed the traditional Dhoti coupled with Kurta, traditional Hats, etc that was a part of the traditional wear of the 19th Century Maharashtra.
In the next round, the Fashion show led to contemporary times, where the traditional dresses got the modern hues, transforming traditional threads into fashion statements. This round focused on the Groom and Bridal wear.
The traditional Lehangas wore a royal look and shimmered with intricate works of traditional embroidery. The male models too walked the ramp wearing cotton silk Kurtas teamed up with Pajyama, Churidars, Coats and Sherwanis.
The weekend started on a high note at Surajkund Mela with a galaxy of visitors filling every nook and corner of the Mela premises. From cultural performances by foreign nations like Egypt, Uganda, Syria, Tajikistan and Thailand to the foot tapping shows by Punjab's and Maharashtra's folk singers and dancers kept the Chaupal packed.