Photo Series- Tribute to Weavers of Rajasthan

This photo series is dedicated to the hardworking weavers of Rajasthan. Celebrating the rare luxury of Rajasthan handwoven fabrics.

Usually, fashion shoots are about showcasing designer’s creation & idea but this one is special as it focuses on the beauty & luxury of Rajasthan’s Handloom which are beautifully created by the weavers from various villages of the state. I shot this photo series using vibrant backdrops of Diggi Palace, Jaipur. These photographs were shot minutes before the fashion show at Rajasthan Heritage Week. Rajasthan Heritage Week is one of a kind initiative by khadi board along with government of Rajasthan in partnership with Prasad Bidapa Associates. Supermodels Lakshmi Rana & Sonalika Sahay along with other top models posed wearing beautiful ensembles created by the weavers of Rajasthan. Anu Merton & Nirjal Basnet were the stylists & the draping technique was displayed by Aryan Naidu.
Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Shweta Dolli
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Shweta Dolli
Grameen Sansthan, Model- Sangeeta Gharu
Grameen Sansthaan, Model- Sangeeta Gharu
Mohammed Siddique, Model- Naina Khan
Mohammed Siddique, Model- Naina Khan
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed , Model-Tamris
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Tamris
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model-Lisa
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Elizaveta
Faran Ansari, Model- Lakshmi Rana
Faran Ansari, Supermodel- Lakshmi Rana
Abdul Ghani, Model Sonalika Sahay
Abdul Ghani,  Supermodel-Sonalika Sahay
Awdesh Kumar, Model- Medha Rana
Awdesh Kumar, Model- Medha Rana
Nasruddin Ansari, Model- Marcela
Nasruddin Ansari, Model- Marcela
Shahid, Model-Priyanka Khatri
Shahid, Model-Priyanka Khatri
Mohammed Siddique, Model Chandini
Mohammed Siddique, Model-Chandini
Abdul Ghani, Model- Shifali Arora
Abdul Ghani, Model- Shifali Arora
Nazar Bhai, Model-Ashanti
Nazar Bhai, Model-Ashanti
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed (3)
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed
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Sneak Peek-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Rajasthan Heritage Week is back with another spectacular season. It’s a great initiative by Khadi board along with Government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates. This edition brings some of the best designers & weavers together on one platform to celebrate the luxury of handloom masterpieces of Rajasthan. Few weeks back the campaign was shot at various heritage places of pink city, Jaipur. So here are some exclusive behind the scene pictures which I shot while the campaign was being photographed by ace photographer Haider Khan.

The event will be held from 7-10 December at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Also do not forget to check out the entire schedule for the fashion week at the end of this post below.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model– Chandni & Devika

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (18)

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (17)
Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model-Elizaveta
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Designer-Rohit Bal
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (15)
Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model-Akash Prabhu
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (22)
Designer- Vidhi Sighania. Model-Preity Sinha
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (7)
Designer-Rohit Bal. Model-Raksha Belliappa
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (8)
Designer-Rohit Bal. Model-Payal Ponnapa
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (6)
Designer-Rohit Bal

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (20)

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (4)
Designer-Rohit Bal
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (23)
Designer-Raghavendra Rathore
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (2)
Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model– Devesh Khanduja
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (3)
Designer-Raghavendra Rathore. Model- Sajid Shaikh
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (5)
Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa.

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (12)

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (11)
In-between the shots.
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (13)
Designer-Rajesh Pratap Singh. Models– Raksha & Arry Dabas
Rajasthan Heritage Week 2017-city palace-jaipur-rajasthan tourism-shot by abhimanyu singh rathore-ishtailista-jaipur photographer (10)
Details.
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Show schedule.

Photo essay-Backstage-Abraham & Thakore

Backstage-Abraham & Thakore

Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016-Day 3

Show Director-Prasad Bidapa

Fashion Stylist-Mohan Neelakantan

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
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Model Diwakar Dua
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Model Heena Bhalla in a striped sari.
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Model Adarsh Nair
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina in peter pan collared blouse styled with sari
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Model Swathi Bhandary.
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Classic black khadi kurta for men.
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Model Birendra Singh.
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Rakshitha & Medha.
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Intense make-up.

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Saagar, Kamal & Prateik Jain.

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Menswear range of Abraham & Thakore.
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Shoe game on!

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Rakesh Thakore & David Abraham moments before the show.

Photo essay-Day 2-Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 2 of Rajasthan Heritage Week was all about celebrating creations by the national awardee weavers & artisans. Along with the artisans the show also witnessed collections by veteran designers including Rohit Kamra, Rajneeral, Bangalore based Manish Saksena & Pavithra Muddaya.

I placed myself as ususal at backstage, observing & shooting the collections closely. For Day 2 I wanted to explore the minimalist photography with clean frames focusing on the colors of the creations & mostly with only one or two models in a frame. A big thanks to all the models who were very patient & comfortable with me to create some nice portraits. Also it was interesting to shoot so many female models donning beautiful saris by the weavers of Rajasthan. I personally loved the collection by Rajneeral as it was very edgy & full of prints with quirk. The day ended with the collection by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra who presented his line of contemporary menswear in woollen khadi in well tailored cuts. The silhouette included breeches, sherwanis, bandhgala & achkan.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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The hair texture is amazing.
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Beauty look for day 2.
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Sangeeta Gharu.
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A smile is the best make up any girl could wear. Model Devanshi Verma.

 

Sari Not Sorry!

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Miss Diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy.

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Model Dewanshi Verma
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina
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Model Manvi
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Model Jasenka Bijelic
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Model Kanika Toure

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Model Rhea Subbaiah
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Model Sangeeta Gharu 
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Model Swathi Bhandary in a colorful sari.
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Model Marcela Ayesha
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Designed by Gramin Sansthan, Barmer by Vikram Singh & Ruma Devi. Model-Antima
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Model Ashanti.
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Model Heena Bhalla.
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Designed by national awardee weaver Sitaramji from Barmer. Model –Naina Khan.
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Love this quirky patched work outfit by designer Pavitra Muddaya from Banglore.
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Model-Medha Rana

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Kitschy hair accessories.
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Mohan Neelakantan styling supermodel Lakshmi Rana.

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Designer-Rajneeral Babutta

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Sharon Alexander in one of the quirky creation by Rajneeral.
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Geek chic.
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Nerd Fashion.
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Model Roshmitha.

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Designer-Rohit Kamra

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Model Sandy Malik.
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Model Nikhil Hariwansh.
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Cool dapper. Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in classic dhoti inspired ensemble by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra.
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Model Saagar Gera.
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Fashion week also saw Jaipur based male models Akshay & Vishwaraj from the agency StyleSkool showcasing designer outfits on the runway.

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Mr. India finalist Dev Paimal.
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Mr India. Arry Dabas.
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Model Vibhu Verma.
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Model Akshay Rathore
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Model Siddharth Vijayvargia & Dushyant Katewa.
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New face spotted at Rohit Kamra show.
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Model Iqbal & Irfan.

Photo essay-Backstage-Day 1-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 1

Rajasthan Heritage Week

Venue-Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

After successful first edition of Rajasthan Heritage week the Khadi board & government of Rajasthan in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates announced the second edition of the fashion week. The three day fashion extravaganza celebrated handmade in Rajasthan & included collections from India’s some of the most renowned designers along with 8 national award winning artisans. The shows were choreographed by supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee & ace choreographer Kevin Oliver. Mohan Neelakantan (am a big fan of his work for Elle India) & Anu Jha styled the designer collections. The show included models from all over the country along with India’s original supermodel brigade including Lakshmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay & Deepti Gujral.

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Model Payal in Swati Ubroi’s creation.
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Rudra Pratap Singh of Diggi Palace.

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Swati Ubroi

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Model Kanika Toure
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Bharat Sainani.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana.
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Model Rhea Subbaiah

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Sidharth & Rakshitha.

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Model Ashanti.
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Roshmita with Saagar Gera.
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Miss diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy in classic red bridal made with kota doria.
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Heena Bhalla with Saagar Gera.
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Sangeeta & Iqbal.
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Model Heena Bhalla.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Model Nikhil Hariwansh
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Pragati Belliappa & Devanshi Verma
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Naina Khan.
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Rajesh Pratap Singh with supermodel Deepti Gujral.

Himmat Singh

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Model Sandy Malik in classic hollywood look by designer Himmat Singh.
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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Model Siddharth Vijaivargia in formal suit.
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Trend-Brooches & Bow ties.

Urvashi Kaur

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Model Sangeeta Gharu.
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Model Heena Bhalla

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Designer Urvashi Kaur having selfie moment with the models post show.

Ajay Kumar

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Vibhu Verma
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Florals for men.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in colorful floral printed shirt with statement metallic necklace.
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Model Rishabh Bajaj.

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Love the quirky shoes.

Samant Chauhan

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Military details.

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Soft side for men.
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Bharat Sainani.

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Trend-Statement Earcuff.

Raghavendra Rathore

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Raghavendra Rathore showcased his range of evening gowns & fomal suits.

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Feminine hair accessories.
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Naina Khan & Sharon Alexander.

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Rohit Bal

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Model Ashanti.
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Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Rohit Bal gave us some major shoe goals.

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Sandy Malik in classic black bandhgala sherwani.
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Folk dancers of Rajasthan.
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Beauty look for day 1 of the fashion week. Models Pragati & Dewanshi Verma.

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Model Rhea in Sunaina Sood‘s creation.
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Models having fun time-backstage.

Find more photos on my instagram account @abhicolorsmanyu

Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week-Part 1

Backstage-the place where the real fun lies. It’s fun to take photographs of models at backstage. This is the place where models are getting ready,chit-chatting with each other, some are relaxing & some are busy with their phones. Having a backstage access is like a dream for a photographer to witness & capture a world full of beauty & fashion. So I was there backstage shooting the creavite process, behind the scenes of Rajasthan Heritage Week, and I loved every moment (more than taking photos of the fashion show in the media pit). Sharing a glimpse of what really happens at backstage through this photo essay.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

More photographs in the next post.

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Highlights-Day 1 Rajasthan Heritage Week

Rajasthan Heritage Week, an event by the Khadi Board and the Rajasthan government, in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates took place in the heart of Pink city, Jaipur. The three day fashion week witnessed collections from fashion industry’s veteran designers like Ritu Kumar, Abraham & Thakore, Bibi Russell,etc along with national award winning weavers & artisans. Country’s top models like Lakshmi Rana, Rachel Bayros, Sapna Kumar, Sucheta SharmaDeepti Gujral & Nayanika Chaterjee to name a few, showcasing the beautiful creations at the fashion extravaganza. Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa also the creative director of the project artistically put together the entire show with creative styling, beautiful music & grand backdrops.

So here are the highlights for day 1 at Rajasthan Heritage Week.

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

1.Bibi Rusell– Bangaladeshi fashion  designer Bibi Rusell showcased her ready-to-wear collection included kota doria sarees,kurtis & skirts for women and also created ensembles for men using Pattu Shawl from Barmer,Rajasthan. Models were dressed from head to toe in Rajasthani accessories included turbans,Kitsch Bindis & earrings made from desi bangles.

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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana opened the show for Bibi Russell.
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Model –Ashwathi
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Supermodel Rachel Bayros.
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Model-Sucheta Sharma
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Provogue Mr. India Prateek Jain in one of the creations by Bibi Russell.
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Model Jitesh Thakur

2. Kaaryah- The colorful & vibrant collection included gypsy details,bohemian fringes along with Rajasthani Lehariya. Collection also included semi-formal pieces like high waisted trouser and Khadi pencil skirt.IMG_9605

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Model-Subhamita Banerjee

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3.Ajai Vir Singh-Sri Lanka based designer Ajai Vir Singh’s brand ‘Conscience‘ showcased ready to wear,casual line for men. Pieces included khadi shirts paired with skinny trousers along with long kurtas. Dapper show started with iconic song ‘no women no cry’.

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Model-Saagar Gera

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designer Ajai Vir Singh taking bow at the fashion week.

4. Jason & Anshu- Smallshop by Jason and Anshu presented a line of ready to wear for men & women. The whimsical collection included pieces like dhoti trousers,zippered jackets & shift dresses. Love the painterly shoes.

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Bengaluru supermodel Rachel Bayros opened the show.
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Supermodel Deepti Gujral.

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Love this oversized printed jumper on model Ashwathi.

IMG_95215. Pallavi Jaipur- Finale Designer for day 1 was Jaipur based Pallavi Murdia, who presented Ethnic wear with a modern twist. Embroidery work included the bling crafts of Rajasthan such as gotta patti,aari tari,dabka & zardozi.

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Show started with dazzling performance by artist Manisha Gulyani. Music for the show included live performance of iconic songs like “Chaap Tilak”, “piya re’ & “damadam Mast”.
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Well styled with beautiful drapes. Model-Lakshmi Rana

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Kitschy Scarf.
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Desi Bauble (Remember Sonam Kapoor’s look at Cannes)

Behind the Scenes-Abraham & Thakore

Designer duo Abraham & Thakore worked closely with khadi weavers and artisans to create bespoke line for Rajasthan Heritage Week. The collection included unusual block prints like houndstooth for silhouettes like dresses,bodice and even saree. Love the quirky block print and details with playful ultra modern footwear.

So as I always love shooting behind the scenes more than the actual show so here is a sneak peak into Abraham & Thakore’s latest collection.

Photo series shot by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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No Shave November continues for Provogue Mr. India Prateek Jain.

 

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In Deep Conversations, supermodels Sucheta Sharma & Deepti Gujral   – Love the modernise take on block prints

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Rajasthani Mojaris in new avatar.

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Model Karthik & Prateek Jain.

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