Kolkata: Yesterday, a day before International Women’s Day, a fashion show took place at the Uttirna open-air stage. It was the culmination of a months-long effort towards the empowerment of the inmates of Liluah Girls’ Home.
The project is called ‘Bangali’, a name coined by none other than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This is yet another effort by the Trinamool Congress Government to put women at the forefront of development. The programme was organised by the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
The inmates walked the ramp in clothes made by their fellow inmates. Internationally-renowned fashion designer of Bangladesh,Bibi Russell provided the training to the girls, which took place for eight months.
The traditional towel of Bengal, gamcha, featured prominently in the show, being converted into garments of various hues and designs. Sarees, other garments, jewels and accessories featured in the show.
For now, the articles would be available in Biswa Bangla stores. Later they would be made available in other stores and would be exported too.
In the audience were famous names from the world of fashion and entertainment as well as senior State Government ministers, and their thunderous applause put a further stamp of approval on the inmates’ efforts towards a life of dignity and self-respect.
The venue was appropriate too an open-air stage, to symbolise the freedom of opportunity that the fashion show heralded for these women. The Women and Child Development & Social Welfare Minister, who was also in the audience, said after that show that similar efforts would be replicated in the other homes run by the State Government.