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Plagiarism in the fashion industry is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it has been around ever since somebody’s design has had a cult popularity. There are many who defend plagiarism saying it is only inspiration, but there are also many experts who feel offended and call it simple, plain copying.

Recently, debutant designer Sailesh Singhania was accused of copying the designs of established designer and textile revivalist Gaurang Shah.

Gaurang Shah has accused Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) newcomer Sailesh Singhania of showcasing “exact replicas” of his 2012 creations.

According to Shah’s statement, the collection presented by Singhania — which ranged from pieces which were identical or extremely similar to his own pieces — were a rip-off.

“Each one of the fashion pieces had striking resemblance to my Calico designs (at the LFW Summer/Resort 2012 show),” Gaurang said

“While I would love many designers to join and accelerate the khadi wave, what is important is to be original and create freshness rather than repeating. What is disheartening is copying, that not only lets us down as a designer but also beats the very purpose of sustainability. The handloom movement or trend will only grow with originality. Our country has lots of avenues to explore and be inspired,” he added.

Hyderabad-based Singhania showcased his collection titled ‘Actuality of Consonance: Khadi’ at the just-concluded LFW Summer/Resort 2017 edition on its Sustainable and Indian Textiles Day.

Rebutting the allegation, Singhania told us, “Hand-woven is a heritage of our land, I and the other designers are committed to lend a hand to our weavers to ensure the longevity of our crafts and craftsman. My work in this collection, is khadi jamdani which is a technique that can be traced back to hundreds of years. These khadi saris were woven to highlight the harmony that our choices can bring about in our environment. With the advent of ‘un-eco’ friendly saris, the need to highlight the sustainability angle of hand-spun, hand-woven one is even greater.”

“I worked on this collection for over one year to bring out various facets of nature that gets affected by fast fashion. The motif of cranes highlight the danger of water getting poisoned by chemical dyes, the trees bring the point of soil getting contaminated with landfills, the deers tell the tale of deforestation to make way for factories etc.

Each and every motif comes from this concept of harmony. The cows are inspired by Pichhvais and the gold deers from Ramayan.

“For my debut show, I wanted to create something close to my heart and belief.

I fail to understand how I can be accused of copying. What have I copied? The khadi weave? Jamdani technique? The birds? The flowers? What is in my line that is exclusive to the accusing designer?

This sort of behavior by senior designers demoralises us from working in handloom. But I am committed to preserving our craft and sustaining my craftsmen, whatever the challenges may be.

The saris have been draped in an ulta palla way, which is the popular preference of wearing saris in urban India. To my knowledge, I am not aware that Gaurang has ever paired his saris in handwoven organza shirts and tops constructed in a Japanese sensibility,” he told us.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online