Tarun Tahiliani weaves magic with sari
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Tarun Tahiliani weaves magic with sari

Indian fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani breaks new ground by fusing the kamarbandh with the sari

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 11:10 IST

Ever the innovator, designer Tarun Tahiliani has now broken new ground by fusing the kamarbandh with the sari.

"A kamarbandh is a very Rajasthani piece of cloth that lets the waist speak," he said in an interview to IANS.

It might be a relic of the British colonial days but it still retained relevance in the modern day, he said.

This was quite evident during Tahiliani's show at the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week when he stunned the crowd with Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty's floating reverie down the ramp making her look almost like a Grecian column wafting in the swish and swirl of a sari.

But, what rocked more than Shilpa and her sari was her kamarbandh - bejeweled belt of linked intricacy that brought out the timeless sensation of a Victorian waistline.

And, judging by most of his models who wore them, it was clear that the drape king wanted to bring back an accessory in an age of the fusion of textile and metal.

"The idea is to envelop yourself in a three dimensional spring of luxurious chiffon and silk georgette in soft hues of the sari, be it hot pink, beige or flame or coral," Tahiliani maintained.

A model presents a creation of designer Tarun Tahiliani during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi on April 7, 2006.

The key words here were "seductive" and "femininity and the kamarbandh stole the day and the show because that was what everyone from the designers to the glitterati were only talking about.

According to Tahiliani, "the magic of the sari is so absolute, it's psychological as well as phenomenal. I just wanted to add the look of antiquity, so I played with the textiles and the kamarbandhs to give them a touch of fusion.

"I believe the kamarbandh epitomizes a distinct style, refinement of tradition and craftsmanship," he added.

The kamarbandhs came in earthy colours, embellished with stones and brocade, and are stylized to flatter all tastes and figures.

"Traditional Indian fashions are over the top for the West with all their embroidery and jewelling, but we have kept to the Indian practices of draping and wrapping the waist," Tahiliani said.

"It's a way of wearing fabric that the Indians do with great ease. For Europe, the cut has to be more international. I think the kamarbandh would work with a lot of things - but more with Indian cuts," he said.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 13:56 IST