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fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 22, 2010 01:16 IST
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The funky autos you see in the pictures will be unveiled, along with other such quirkily done up autos, on the first day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), beginning Wednesday. But you may not necessarily have to go there to get a glimpse of these, as the artists and fashion designers who have teamed up to deck them up are keen that these cool tuk-tuks ply on Delhi roads, too.

Part of a tie-up between the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and the NGO Khushi, the autos will be auctioned post the WIFW, with the proceeds going to the NGO. “I’ve been working with the ministry to bring these autos to the roads, too. We picked autos because they’re a quintessential part of Delhi… and beautiful autos signify a beautiful city,” says designer Leena Singh.

“This auto is fully functional and at the same time a piece of art. It’s functional art,” says artist Paresh Maity.
“We’ve tried to bring a feminine angle to an object like the auto. It’s a fun take on ‘Woman thy name is vanity’. I specially came down from Mumbai to work on it,” says artist Naina Kanodia. For Kolkata-based artist Avijit Dutta, his auto “depicts
modern India and passion, a sense of liveliness”.