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Lynrah’s ‘Ethnicity with a Mod Twist’ collection features Lynrah’s ‘Ethnicity with a Mod Twist’ collection featuresjainsems, which is a well known product of Meghalaya, as wellas designs inspired by the 1960s with elements that representhis cultural roots. His RwL Designs, a fashion house launched in 2012, isaimed at promoting traditional fashions of the Khasi-Jaintiacommunity of the North East. Lynrah had nearly a decade of experience behind himwhen he was invited to exhibit his designs in London aftertaking part in this year’s North East India Fashion Week. According to him, weaving has traditionally been themain source of income for women in the rural areas ofMeghalaya. Weavers use time-honoured lion looms, backstrap loomsand flying shuttle looms, but due to decreasing demand, theyare giving up the age-old traditions in search of other work. On the green message he is taking to London, Lynrahsaid, "The textile industry is one of the most polluted in theworld. Organic is not a fad, but is a social issue that onehas to continue as a tradition. "We can’t have it here today and gone tomorrow, it has tobe at the core of our being." A second collection which he will present is’Hollywood Glamour’, an assortment inspired by glamorousHollywood showstoppers like Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor,Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh featuring a true red carpetcollection of heavily embellished gowns. The fashion week will be a two-day event (September17-18) and feature designers from the UK, Singapore, theNetherlands, Italy and the US. PTI JOP DKBPSH

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