• When Dreams came True!

    Hindustan Zinc rural women empowerment project “Sakhi” was all glittering with fashion garments on a night when the designs created by them were showcased on the ramp by Delhi and Mumbai professional models and watched by none other than the home minister, women and child development minister and a large gathering of top designers of the country and fashion students besides many dignitaries.

    After three months of meticulous planning, 45 days of hard work and immense brainstorming sessions on designs, look and fashion trends, the city of Jaipur finally hosted the first ever fashion show of garments made directly by rural and tribal women of Hindustan Zinc’s project “Sakhi”, to a jam-packed 500 strong audience.

    Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Women and Child Development Minister Anita Bhadel, MLA, Sawai Madhopur and the brand ambassador for ‘Beti Bachao’ campaign Diya Kumari and director Women Empowerment Richa Khoda had specially come to the see the collection made by the rural women.

    Renowned fashion designer Jattinn Kochhar, Rajdeep Ranawat, Gaurav Gupta and Anand Bhushan who attended the show were mesmerized to see the garments made by the “Sakhi” rural women. Miss India 2014, Koyal Rana enthralled the audiences as the show stopper for the evening.

    Fashion designer Jattinn Kochhar also had an interactive session with these women who are all from Kayad and Gagwana villages of Ajmer district.

    Under the Project “Sakhi”, 50 rural women of villages of Gagwana and Kayad in the district of Ajmer had been working for almost two months to make designer garments. An exclusive training in this regard was provided to these rural women, most of whom are educated, as part of the development of “Sakhi” product cluster on fashion garments.

    The show was directed and choreographed by leading Asian choreographer Rashmi Virmani.

    Pavan Kaushik, who is the Head of Corporate Communication and also Head of Project “Sakhi” informed that the focus is to develop a hub of karigars that can help fashion designers, fashion students and other fashion experts from across the country. “With this cluster, Hindustan Zinc is aiming to create a sustainable employment for these women. This will also encourage thousands of rural women to take-up this creative art”, Pavan said.

    Akhilesh Joshi, President, Zinc Business, Vedanta group informed “Sakhi” is making school uniforms and schools can approach these rural women for making their school uniforms for a better price. Currently the uniform cluster is busy in making school uniforms for the Anganwadi children.

    The trainers, Zakir Khan and Rajni Kaur Khan and his team of 6 people, were before being engaged for such training for the rural women were also given a 6 days orientation program by Hindustan Zinc to enable them to bring desired results. To strengthen designing and execution, Hindustan Zinc engaged a Stylist from Delhi, Joyjeet, who spent a number of days bringing finishing and styling to the garments.

    Asha Baxi the former dean of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and perhaps the first fashion faculty of India visited these women along with the students and faculty of Fashion Design to give them tips and design sentiments.

    Hindustan Zinc also decided to show-case a sequence of 12 uniforms with different combinations and textures. But it was also decided to use only Anganwadi children to present the uniform collection. 12 children were selected from Ajmer to wear the collection.

    The group of 50 women worked passionately round the clock to have finally made 62 garments including sarees, salwar kurtas, kurtees, kaftans and school uniforms in a record time of about 45 days.Read more at:yellow prom dresses | orange prom dresses

  • Interesting ways to reinvent your old denims

    Interesting ways to reinvent your old denims
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    Unsure of what to do with those old denims? Well, you could add a hint of colour or bling to it and wear it in a brand new avatar.

    Denims are traditionally known to be one of the most durable fabrics. So, when you see your jeans fading away, try and give it that edgy twist and wear them like they're as good as new. Here are a few ways in which you can spruce up that favourite pair of yours:

    Add some sparkle

    You could use some sequins and stones and glue them to your pair of jeans in a funky pattern. Add some pattern with fabric paint and you've got something that you could show off in front of your girlfriends.

    Root for flower power

    If you're the artistic type, add an extra dimension to your denims by embroidering some patterns on them, giving it a personalised touch. Play with different-coloured threads and you're all set to dress to impress on those outings.

    Flare them up

    While most high-street brands are now selling denim pairs that are a little rugged, you could use your old pair to do the same. By carefully cutting through the hemlines on certain sections of the denim, you can achieve a rather cool look.

    Paints and dyes

    You could also opt to dye just a section of the denim in colour and use fabric paints to make patterns on it. This will give that old pair a designer spin. Go wild with random geometrical patterns, for these are here to stay for a while.

    That 3D effect

    Another way to spruce up an old pair of denims is by stitching interesting-patterned fabrics on them — this will give them a multi-layered look. Using patches of corduroys or other material, which have a distinct character, can also work to your advantage.Read more at:graduation gowns

  • Melissa Claire Thoma Christopher David Emmons

    Melissa Claire Thoma Emmons
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    Melissa Claire Thoma and Dr. Christopher David Emmons were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in First United Methodist Church. The Revs. Jeanie Burton of the church and Kathleen McMurray of Grace United Methodist Church of Conway officiated.

    Melissa and Martin Thoma, 1017 N. Cleveland St., are the parents of the bride. She is the granddaughter of Donna and the late Rex Bair of Fayetteville, Julia Thoma of Kansas City, Mo., and John Thoma of Queensland, Australia.

    Parents of the groom are Janet Emmons of Carmel, Ind., and David Emmons of Indianapolis.

    The chancel was framed with two garden arrangements of wedding flowers. Music was by soloist Traci Bair, cousin of the bride; oboist Anne Goldberg; the church's Chancel Choir; organist John Churchwell; and a quintet of brass and timpani. Guests were greeted by Max Goldberg, Michael McMurray and Margaret McMurray, all of Little Rock.

    Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory lace trumpet gown with a scalloped illusion neckline, cap sleeves and a tulle train. She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas, white anemones and fresh lavender.

    Bridesmaids were Amanda Heinbockel and Mary Elizabeth Chilcote, both of Little Rock, and Lana Wear of New York. They wore cobalt blue silk chiffon cocktail dresses and carried bouquets of blue hydrangeas and lavender.

    Flower girl and ring bearer were Kaitlyn Adler and Austin Adler of Zionsville, Ind., niece and nephew of the groom.

    Serving as groomsmen were Brett Bane of Carmel; Terry Marquardt of Star, Idaho; and Sam Thoma of Little Rock, brother of the bride.

    A reception at the Capital Hotel followed the ceremony. Tables were decorated with blue and purple arrangements of wedding flowers and candles in blue and gold votive holders. Music was by family and friends of the bride playing bluegrass.

    The bride graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with bachelor's degrees in astronomy and French. She has a master's degree in museum studies from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She is a museum evaluator for exhibits and programs at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

    The groom has a bachelor's degree in biology and a doctorate of optometry from Indiana University. He is an optometrist and co-owner of Indiana Eye Doctors.


    The couple will live in Indianapolis after a wedding trip to Hawaii.Read more at:green prom dresses uk