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Manish Malhotra’s BANARAS collection debut at Namo Ghat

Diplomats from twenty countries and members of the Bunkar Community Association attended the event, among many others.

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Manish Malhotra’s BANARAS collection debuts at Namo Ghat

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Source: Team Manish Malhotra

The Indian Minorities Foundation (IMF) organized a fashion show, ‘BANARAS – A Tapestry of Indian Culture and Craftsmen’, at Namo Ghat in Varanasi, as part of the two-day ‘Prayas: Dharohar Kashi Ki’ event. Asia’s leading designer, Manish Malhotra, was invited to present his special BANARAS collection during this event. This makes him the first ever fashion designer to have a show at Namo Ghat, showing his support for the Bunkar community and the artisans of Varanasi.

The fashion show aimed to celebrate the fusion of traditional Indian craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics. Malhotra’s new collection highlights the beauty of Banarasi’s silk saris, each carefully handwoven by talented artisans. Bollywood actors Kriti Sanon and Ranveer Singh walked the ramp. While Kriti adorned a royal Indian red silk ensemble, Ranveer wore a Banarasi Shikargah sherwani from the collection.

Diplomats and ambassadors from 20 countries, renowned fashion designers, Bollywood celebrities and members of the Bunkar Community Association attended the event, among many others. In addition, the IMF honored 40 bunkers, including two Padma Shree awardees, for their remarkable contributions to the conservation of Banarasi vessels.

Expressing his gratitude, Manish Malhotra said, “Varanasi has always been a serene destination for me. Being part of this emotional and holistic event, celebrating the bunker committee and artisans, was an extraordinary experience. The timeless elegance of Banarasi weaves remains inspire me By combining these intricate fabrics with contemporary designs, I can celebrate the artisans who dedicate their lives to preserving this beautiful art form.”

IMF convener and Rajya Sabha MP Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “’Darohar Kashi Ki’ is a small effort by the IMF to promote the vibrant cultural heritage of Kashi – the spiritual capital of India – and the rich heritage of the Bunkar- community of Varanasi on a global scale”.

The event also included an art and craft exhibition, which provided a platform for weavers and craftsmen from Varanasi to showcase their talent. Over 50 exhibitors from Kashi’s Bunker Community displayed a wide range of products including Banarasi silk sarees, clothes, carpets and handicrafts.