Hyderabad-based fashion sesigner Gaurang Shah has won the best designer award for utilization of Indian weaves and craftsmanship at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
The designer presented his kanjeevarams with kalamkari - 'Ardhangini' creations on India Textile Day Aug 5.
The 23 dresses he presented were a mix of beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras, appealing to the modern bride with prominent colors of saffron, yellow, orange, red and pink.
Inspired by the Panchantantra stories, the beauty of 1950 and 1960s Kanjeevarams, Kalamkari and Zardosi, his creations highlighted the intricate Korvai weaving known for its grace and elegance.
"I am delighted to have won this award, which highlights the excellence of Indian handloom and Indian tradition in fashion. I would like to dedicate this award to my family for their support and to the 450 weavers who bring life to my creativity," Gaurang said.
The jury panel included fashion experts Krishna Mehta, Jaya Jaitly, Anjana Sharma and Maximiliano Modesti. Gaurang will get a prize of Rs.1 lakh to support and encourage his talent.