“When Ro­hit Bal de­cided to take some of my out­fits, it was noth­ing short of an aha mo­ment”

India Today - - BUZZ - By Mona Ramavat

De­signer Shra­van Ku­mar has been wow­ing peo­ple in Hy­der­abad and else­where cou­ple of decades now with his cre­ations for brides and grooms, mod­els, film stars, so­cialites, artists, stu­dents the works. This sea­son he de­buted at the fash­ion week cir­cuit at Lakme Fash­ion Week Win­ter Fes­tive 2013. SIM­PLY HY­DER­ABAD en­gages him in a ca­sual chat. Q. How was your ex­pe­ri­ence of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Lakme In­dia fash­ion Week this sea­son? A. It was a mat­ter of pride for me to show­case a mélange of de­signs in In­dian tex­tiles and weaves. When Ro­hit Bal de­cided to take some of my out­fits, it was noth­ing short of an aha mo­ment! Q. Tell us about your col­lec­tion from the show. A. The col­lec­tion fea­tured dhoti pants, lehen­gas with pe­plum blouses, struc­tured tops; in­spired by the Udaipur Palace and crafted with mo­tifs like the par­rot and lo­tus on a soothing pink, white and grey pal­ette with an Indo- Rus­sian flavour. Q. Tell us about your as­so­ci­a­tion with var­i­ous weaver groups. A. De­spite their rich­ness and va­ri­ety, hand­looms in gen­eral are los­ing out to new age fab­rics like chif­fons, geor­gettes and crepes. As a re­sult, de­creased sales of hand­looms is im­pact­ing weavers’ lives.

I de­cided to make a small con­tri­bu­tion in an at­tempt to pro­mote hand­looms and started An Ode to Weaves and Weavers, my an­nual fash­ion show last year that in­volved weavers from sev­eral ar­eas of Andhra Pradesh. Q. How has Hy­der­abad in­spired you as a city? A. I love the ar­chi­tec­ture of Hy­der­abad be­sides the cul­ture and peo­ple them­selves.

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