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Khadi the new fashion
Kathmandu, Nov. 12:Indian and Nepali models walked down the ramp at a gala event held at the Indian Embassy premises to showcase Khadi products from Nepali and Indian designers Friday evening. Women and men’s wear - colourful sarees, lehenga cholis, kurtas, one-piece dresses and Nepal’s Dhaka - captivated the select audience.
The Khadi Nepal Fashion Show was part of a five-day India-Nepal Folk Craft Festival, supported by the South Asia Foundation, being held from November 7-11 at the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Grounds.
The fashion show, attended by distinguished people from Nepal and members of the international community, helped promote the brand image of Khadi, or hand-woven fabric. The event also included a small exhibition of handicrafts at the Embassy premises.
During the folk craft festival, some 50 artisans and crafts persons from India, including 20 from the Scheduled Castes, and 30 artisans from Nepal showcased their products. The exhibition provided a sound platform to the artisans to promote local crafts from different parts of India and Nepal.
Both the craft festival and the fashion event were held under the aegis of the “70 years of India’s Independence”.
The Indian Embassy had supported the South Asia Foundation in organising the Folk Craft Festival. The festival also had the support of the Indian Ministry of Textiles, Council of Handicrafts Development Corporation (COHAND) and the B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation. Leading Indian and Nepali designers had also promoted it.