Rohit Bal at Lakmé Fashion Week summer/Resort 2019

Models walk the ramp displaying a collection of indian designer Rohit Bal in collaboration with the Usha Silai Project at the LFW Summer Resort, in Mumbai.

The silver lining in the dark cloud of insurgency, conflict and militarisation in Kashmir lies in its beauty, says veteran designer Rohit Bal who paid a fitting tribute to his birthplace with a fashion show, where he let a group of Kashmiri women take the spotlight.

Born in Kashmir himself, Bal has, over the years, ensured he remains connected to his roots and spread its beauty around the world with his internationally popular creations.

It’s a paradox — that while a lot of filmmakers capture the violence in the state nowadays, Bal’s creative interpretation of Kashmir has always revolved around the elements that make Kashmir the nature’s paradise it is.

“It’s a simple explanation. I come from Kashmir. I am a Kashmiri, I know what’s happening in the state. I grew up in a free Kashmir and unfortunately now it’s a war zone,” said Bal.

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