Textile & Fashion

Khadi used for making abayas by the Emirati fashion designer, Feryal al Bastaki

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The national fabric of India is deemed to be a comfortable wear in the deserts by the Emirati fashion designer, Feryal al Bastaki, based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She thus put Khadi to good use by manufacturing abayas from it. She claimed khadi to be an emotion, not limiting it to remain just a fabric.

Bastaki claims that khadi keeps one cool during the summer and warm during the winters, being perfect for the skin in the desert weather. The UAE embassy chose her for promoting khadi and in a fashion show held on the Republic Day, she presented her talent in creating outfits which were a perfect combination of the Indian fabric and the Emirati designs. The fashion show was held in the Jumeirah Etihad towers by the embassy which teamed up with KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) and IBGP (Indian Business and Professional Group) and Apparel group. She maintained the spirit of the material in the way it was related to India’s history and culture and utilized it in blending it with the Emirati history and culture to create attires from it.

Intricate Talli embroidery, which is a tradition of the Emiratis, was done on the Khadi material by her. She tried to bring out the chic and classy look that Khadi can provide in the daily wear.

The fashion show was held to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who promoted the indigenous Khadi material as a symbol of self-independence and self-sufficiency.

Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian ambassador urged the Indian embassy to promote Khadi in the UAE for its rising demand. He also added that they want to encourage a partnership between Feryal Al bastaki and Sunaina Suheja to show how Khadi transformed from being Gandhi’s freedom symbol to a modern and contemporary fabric for garments.

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