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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Street Style India-A Sari Story

Is sari age appropriate? Well there is no such term applicable here, whether you are young or middle aged or above, the sari is for everybody, it is a quintessential timeless piece in your wardrobe. Interesting part of sari is, it has a emotional value to it, like classic jewels saris too get transferred from one generation to another, from  “classy” grandmother to “elegent” mother to the “edgy” daughter . Young fashionistas these days are opting for desi cool rather than being uber chic, even for not so occasional events too. It is now a common sight to see young girls experimenting with hand-loom saris & drapes. Some prefer mixing it with western pieces & some keep it completely traditional. So I came to this conclusion that as far as saris are concerned age is just a number, so here is a photo series I shot at various places of India majorly New Delhi, Mumbai & Jaipur, that celebrates SARI for everybody (literally!)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

 

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Classic white Saree.
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Saree with kurta blouse.
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Solid colored bright tangerine saree with striped T-shirt.
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Geeta Athreya.
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The magic of silk. Shot at Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.
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The modern indian women.
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Saree with quilted jacket. Viji Venkatash at Zee JLF 2016.
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A Sari for everybody.                                                                                                                                   Make up artist Jason Arland & Fashion Blogger Pallavi Chaturvedi of ‘That Desi Girl’ blog.
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A closer look at the ethnic coined jewelry Pallavi teamed up with handloom sari.
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The Badass Sari. Shot at Lakme Fashion Week Mumbai 2016.
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Street Style Jaipur.
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Who needs a petticoat (skirt worn under saree), when you have saree that shows legs for more glamour quotient.

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The sophisticated drape.
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Street Style Mumbai.
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Poonam Sinha at Lakme Fashion Week
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Love the entire styling , I must say this is so editorial, fashion stylists please make a note.
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Rasna Bhasin, Social Media Influencer in designer Anavila’s sari.
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Ex-fashion editor of Marie Claire & the author of ‘The Powder Room’ Shefalee Vasdev in a parrot green leheria saree. (Leheriya is a traditional style of tie-dye practiced in Rajasthan)
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Street Style New Delhi.

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Backstage-The Hottest Male Model Portraits

Since Rajasthan Heritage Week 2016 was full of crafts & celebrating the handmade in Rajasthan, the day 2 of the fashion week seems to be entirely dedicated to the handcrafted indian saree. The fashion week overall was high on womenswear but what grabbed the attention of the female attendees majorly were the handsome indian male models donning the 6 yards of grace (saree) with lot of panache & confidence. It was interesting to see how handcrafted sarees by the national awarded weavers were draped on male models, taking inspiration from ancient indian saree drapes.Talk about sarees as stole or sarees with denims, it included all the major possible experiments with 6 yards of fabric but on a male model body this time . So here is a small black & white photo essay celebrating the beauty of indian men in saree, which is very rare & completely deserves the attention.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Rishabh Bajaj.
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Harshvardhan Ahlawat.

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Dev Paimal with lord Shiva tattoo on his back.

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Model Mohammed Iqbal (left) & Rishabh Bajaj (right)
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Prajwal Ponnanna

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Well once Vidya Balan said “Saree is the only garment which covers the right amount & shows the right amount” . Does that applies on men too?
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Model Sandy Malik with Harshvardhan
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Siddharth Vijayvargie
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Irfan Shaik
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Well it’s not easy to look masculine in sarees, take a note from these boys.
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Sandy Malik.

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Vibhu Verma

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.

Street Style India-Women in White

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Fashion blogger Masoom Minawala
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Sabina Chopra paired white with metallic statement neckpiece.
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Fashion Designer Vaishali Shadangule.
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Aparna Badlani.
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Fashion Blogger Prerna
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Adhuna Bhabani
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White & Colors, so kitsch.

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Vogue India’s Bandana Tewari

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White with denims & sneakers.
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Love this off-white maxi, highlighting the colors of traditional inspired borders.

Sakhi by Vedanta Hindustan Zinc -Fashion Show 2015

Vedanta Sakshi by Hindustan Zinc

‘Sakhi’ is an initiative taken by Vedanta Hindustan Zinc regarding women empowerment. They believe  when you empower a rural women, socially and economically, she bring prosperity in her family, village and ultimately the entire country and I completely agree with them. Once the rural and tribal women are part of ‘Sakhi’ they are groomed and trained in non-Farm based activities that included tailoring, stitching, tie & dye, meenakari, terracotta, embroidery, artificial jewellery making, etc.

Supermodels like Lakshmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay and Femina Miss India Koyal Rana walked the ramp in creations by rural & tribal women at ‘Sakhi’, presenting a line of ethnic wear. The show was choreographed by ace choreographer Rashmi Virmani and make-up was done by Anu Mehra. Front row witnessed the veteran fashion designers like Anand Bhushan,Jattinn Kochhar, Rajdeep Ranawat and princess Diya Kumari was the cheif guest.

In association with ETV Rajasthan.

Venue- Clerks Amer,Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

This is how the show started, love the shadow play, very interesting way of storytelling along with a informative documentary. You see the documentary here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOE87J2thuE
This is how the show started, love the shadow play, very interesting way of storytelling along with a informative documentary.
You can see the documentary here-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOE87J2thuE
Decorated ramp with beautiful Rajasthan folk painting called 'mandana'.
Decorated ramp with beautiful Rajasthani folk painting called ‘mandana’.
Supermdel Lakshmi Rana sashayed down the runway in red Rajasthani bandhani saree.
Supermdel Lakshmi Rana sashayed down the runway in red Rajasthani bandhani saree.

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Supermdel Donna Masih.
Supermdel Donna Masih.
Model Nikita Sahay (left) Lakshmi Rana(middle) and Kanika Dev (right)
Model Nikita Sahay (left) Lakshmi Rana (middle) and Kanika Dev (right)
Kids were also sent on runway and showcased a line of school uniforms.
Kids were also sent on runway and showcased a line of school uniforms.
Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
Supermodel Sonalika Sahay.
Femina Miss India Koyal Rana was showstopper.
Femina Miss India Koyal Rana was showstopper.

Vedanta Sakshi by Hindustan Zinc

'Kesariya Balam' was played as show music to make the aura culturally rich.
‘Kesariya Balam’ was played as show music to make the aura culturally rich.
The designers were the rural and tribal women of Rajasthan working for 'Sakhi' campaign.
The designers were the rural and tribal women of Rajasthan working for ‘Sakhi’ campaign.

Know more details about ‘Sakshi’ Campaign on their official blog- http://vedantasakhi.blogspot.in/