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SABYASACHI Mukherjee to popularise traditional fabric.

Byline: Manjusha Radhakrishnan

Dubai One of India's greatest couturiers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, has got a bee in his bonnet about what he calls Bollywood's "polyester brigade".

The star attraction at Dubai Fashion Week, which begins on Saturday, told Gulf News he is on a drive to popularise the use of khaadi, a traditional hand-spun cotton.

"I am not trying to make a political statement here. But it's time that Indian designers pay more attention to cotton and get away from the polyester brigade mentality. Most designers try to make their actors look like the clones of Gwyneth Paltrow or a Michelle Pfeiffer," Mukherjee said.

The Kolkata-based designer counts stars including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vidya Balan u who he styled in the award-winning film Paa u among his fans.

He may not be lured by the glamour of Bollywood, but Mukherjee is all geared to direct his own film. "I have always been interested in performing arts and theatre," he says.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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