Concern India Foundation, a charitable trust supporting the development NGOs all over India for more than a decade now, held a fund raising Exhibition at Aga Khan Hall, Bhagwan Das Marg, Mandi House, on 14th 15th and 16th of March. The Exhibition called ‘Summer Silhouettes’ had a plethora of independent designers as well as craftsmen from all over the country showcasing and selling their products to aid development- oriented organizations working with the most vulnerable people of our society in the areas of education, health and community development.
Started in 1991, by Mr. Ardeshir B K Dubash, Concern India Foundation is a non- profit, public charitable trust whose objective is to work towards making the disadvantaged self-reliant and thereby enable them to lead a life of dignity.
The exhibition which is held annually in March, had about 30 stalls, exhibiting Ethnic, Semi traditional, fabrics and clothing and Silver( and semi precious jewelry, and even furnishings from various designers. Crafts men from Chippa Yasin, Jodhpur and Tana Bana, Maharashtra had brought some fanatastic traditional fabrics and sarees from their respective towns. These stores saw block printed silks and cottons, some fusion designs with dippliqué and appliqué techniques, in vegetable dyed fabrics, home furnishing fabrics, as well as very fine Chanderi silk sarees from Tana Bana.
Rummana Khan, of Rummi’s had a good collection of traditional Lucknow Chikankari Suits fused with new designs, and got a lot of visitos intrigued. Mumbai Designer Sheetal Jhavei of ffluid Fashions, had lots of western wear in traditional fabrics, with beautifully draped jacket /stole with a front cowl and asymmetric hem. K. Clothing designer Kavery also used ethnic silks, linen, and cottons to make some very tastefully fitted western clothes with geometrical surface appliqués on some of them.
There were several other designers like Puja Bhargava (Bengaluru), Asheesh Manisha (Kolkata), Vishal Kapoor, Maitri (Jaipur), Kraftisan (Lucknow) were some other participants in the exhibition. With beautiful Aligarhi Phool Patti ka Kaam on organdies and mulls, Maheshwaris, Chanderis, Phulkaris, Magalgiris and Kalamkari work, the show offered an incredible variety of summer wear from Tunics to Sarees with prints, embroidery and patchwork in vivid colours capturing all the shades of your imagination.