Taj celebrates Banaras in an exquisite showcase

An evening of beauty and grace was witnessed by the capital in 2012. A medley of fashion and authenticity was showcased in the exquisite collection of sarees and jewellery by Taj Khazana at the Taj Palace, New Delhi.


Fashion connoisseurs witnessed the grandeur celebration over cocktails and dinner. The evening was not just another ramp walk showing ladies dressed in minimalistic clothing; they were all draped with authentic silk Banaras sarees that added to their poise and charm.

Banaras is also the oldest living city in the world. And to pay a tribute to the heritage city, Taj Khazana, from the Taj group joined hands with Zoya, the diamond boutique of Tata to present Banaras – exquisite collection of sarees and jewellery.
Taj is synonymous with the country’s legacy of culture. The Taj Hotels handloom weaver’s project in Varanasi initiated the project to support livelihood of weavers and their families. This involved weaving beautifully hand crafted sarees for the women staff of the Taj group of luxury hotels. It then took the shape of providing market access through Taj Khazana.

The evening begun with a symphony of music with the Ganga arti on the stage along with a vibrant dance performance by eminent artists. It was followed by a speech from Ms. Sarita Hegde Roy, COO – Taj Khazana. She mentions, “ Taj Khazana creates collections that appeal the contemporary class assuring the authentic form is restored at its best. Its revival collection has been displayed in all major cities and all Khazana stores. Even after six years, we can assert the livelihood of weavers has been resurrected.”

The much appreciated speech was followed by a ramp walk by models displaying the eminent art. They displayed the Banaras collection by Zoya which has statement pieces made using materials and techniques rarely used before. The collection has 22 karat yellow gold polkis, diamond and exquisite stones such as malachite, turquoise and pink opals in conjunction with techniques like Partaj, Chitai and intricate Banarasi Meenakari. The chandelier earrings ending in white polkis are inspired by the lamps used during the Ganga Aarti. The Hanslis are inspired by the domes and spires of the Banaras temples. 

Some of the famous sarees that stood by their name were Red Silk Jamdani, Rani silk, Black and gold, Shikargha Paisley, Uda, Neel kanth with antique gold and silver tested zari, chrystamum design tissue silk with zari and many more.  

Eminent women personalities from the social and corporate circuit also showcased the magnificent Banarasi collection and Zoya’s new jewelry line. Enterprising women like Kalyani Chawla, Dior India VP, Anjoli ela Menon, India’s leading contemporary artists, Rupika Chawla, art conservator, author and leading columnist, Sunanda Tharoor, entrepreneur, Niamat Bakshi, leading lawyer , Chikki Sarkar, publisher, Penguin India and Shivani Wazir Pasricha,  former Miss India and media personality added poise to the event by walking the ramp. Later the staff of the Taj group were also seen walking the ramp in Banarsi sarees with finesse and élan.
The evening ended with a satvic Indian meal catered by the eminent servers of the Taj Hotel.
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