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Peace silks for a smoother life



Maneka Gandhi flaunting a silk shawl during the launch of Ahimsa Peace Silk in New Delhi.

THE SOFT feel of silk is so tempting that we do not often think of what goes into making it. The desire to wear silk is much more than the will to avoid it just for `non-vegetarian reasons.' So, this past week at Shopper's Stop in New Delhi, when former union minister-animal activist Maneka Gandhi posed with an array of `eco-friendly silk', it was quite a novel attempt.

Termed as Ahimsa Peace Silks, People for Animals, a non-governmental organisation with Gandhi as its founder trustee, launched this array by following the traditional method of production allowing the silk moths to complete their full cycle rather than killing them halfway. With designs offered by Shopper's Stop, the collection, says Gandhi, do not compromise with quality and productivity but follows an eco-friendly way of wearing silk.

Supporting the move, Gandhi says the government should encourage this method and link it to development of the tribal community in states like Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Uttaranchal and Madhya Pradesh. It can provide adequate employment to the community, she adds.

Continuing with her crusade for a better life for animals, this Saturday People for Animals will organise a fashion show at Radisson hotel where designer T-shirts and celebrated painters painted shawls would be displayed by designers and painters themselves.

"We have provided all the inputs except for the designs. All the T-shirts are priced at Rs.400. The amount collected would be used for animal homes and hospitals run by PFA," informs Maneka. Leading designers like Rohit Bal, Mandira Virk, Aparna Jagdhari and painter Sanjay Bhattacharya are expected to walk the ramp.

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