Colours of North-East

Updated on Sep 09, 2004 12:55 PM IST

Jorhat-based Universal Star stitched together an event that showcased the fine work of two Assamese designers.

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PTI | ByNishiraj A. Baruah

The models could have been a little better, their walk a little more practiced. But Jorhat-based Universal Star stitched together an event that showcased the fine work of two Assamese designers at the SAI auditorium, Lodhi Road. There was no wine or cheese. But when the models began walking the ramp wearing some stunning creations, you didn’t really need any other distraction.

Guwahati based designer Dipankar Kashyap could be seen drumming his fingers in nervous anticipation. Kashyap has just flown down from Arunachal Pradesh with a hurriedly put-together collection. But he did his homework well. His ensembles in the Bridging Brahmaputra sequence can easily be a proud possession of any self-respecting party animal. The motifs, the patterns and even the fabric were exotic. “I’ve picked up these designs from tribes in the North-East and patched them in mix and match patterns,” he said. Very wearable, the clothes are hilariously affordable: From Rs. 500 for a shirt to Rs. 1500 for the Assamese silk lungi. Kashyap now wants to bring his creations to Delhi. “But I don’t know the right channel,” he sighs. Interestingly, designers like Rohit Bal have picked up designs from the North-East and showcased them at the India Fashion Week 2004. “It is not a nice feeling when an outsider picks our heritage,” he adds.

Jolly Borkotoki, the other designer, innovatively weaved tradition and trends
together. The Gamusa is used to make short kurtis as well as trousers.

If you are wondering what a Gamusa is, just check out what sports minister Sunil Dutt wraps around his shoulders all the time.

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