fashion-show-5The joy of these women, who had created the saris and other colourful dresses that the models wore, was palpable as not too long ago they had resigned themselves to a life of drudgery and humiliation. And now they were rubbing shoulders with the glitterati and the spotlight was focused on them. The fashion extravaganza was organised by Sulabh International as part of the cultural evening. Under the tutelage of fashion designer Abdul Halder, the 12 rehabilitated scavenger women designer of Alwar, Rajasthan, had created the glittering dresses.

Accompanied by the women designers, the models – Indrani Dasgupta, Amanpreet Wahi, Mehar and Sahwar Ali among others – draped in printed and crepe saris walked on the ramp with confidence and enthusiasm. Later, the women designers were facilitated by HRH Prince of Orange of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander who lauded the cause behind the event and the manner in which the liberated scavenger women were being rehabilitated. “The efforts of Sulabh are truly laudable and I feel really proud and honoured to be a part of this programme”, said the Prince.