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Mumbai-born wins UK sari design competition
October 01, 2007 08:48 IST
A Mumbai-born London-based illustrator has won the top prize in the British Sari Story, a countrywide sari design competition, for his 'Sari for Harrow'.
Nilesh Mistry, 40, was presented the award by Baroness Flather, the first British Asian woman to receive a peerage, at Brent Museum in London [Images] on Sunday night.
"I feel so proud that I've been able to put something back into Indian culture and the Indian visual arts in this country to make a contribution to such as traditional item as the sari and to re-interpret it for our times," Mistry said.
Mistry's sari shows Harrow's coat of arms and the famous public school but also the 'real' Harrow -- an exquisite border of its citizens, including a Somali woman in a burka, a Hoodie with a mobile phone, a Gujarati housewife, a Polish builder and Afro-Caribbean woman and a mullah.
The competition, created and staged by the cultural arts organisation Bridging Arts, called for people around the country to create sari designs reflecting British Asian life.
Entrants entered patterns ranging from cup cakes and the Yorkshire weather to the Union Jack and the London Underground.
Ten finalists had their patterns printed on to new saris by the University of East London which are now on display at Brent Museum. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and part of the Mayor of London's India Now celebrations, the British Sari Story exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of Indian independence by celebrating British Asian heritage.