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One of the saris in the competition

Best British Bridal Sari

Hundreds of fashion designers across Britain gathered in Loughborough to find out who made the cut, and who takes the title for the Best British Sari design. One Leicestershire student made it into the top three and another was a runner-up.

It was that time of the year again - the national competition for the best bridal sari, which best reflect the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a British Asian bride.

And this time, it was held right here in Leicestershire!

Photos: British Bridal Sari Competition

Take a look at the photographs of the British Bridal Sari Competition...

The competition, British Sari Story 2008, called for budding designers to create their own British embroidery, embellishment and beading with patterns that reflect present day British Asian life.

Listen: Interview with Leicestershire winners

Dhamina Mistry from Loughborough came third in the competition and she spoke to BBC Leicester's Rupal Rajani, along with runner-up Emma Partridge and Susan Cooke from Charnwood Museum, just hours before the results were announced:

The competition, British Sari Story 2008, called for budding designers to create their own British embroidery, embellishment and beading with patterns that reflect present day British Asian life.

"We've all seen the beautiful embroidery from South Asia but let's see what we can come up with the UK."

Cllr Manjula Sood, Lord Mayor of Leicester

"Asian women should have a voice"

The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Manjula Sood, is of Indian-origin and she makes it a point to wear a sari at every public function. She was one of the judges of the competition.

Besides Councillor Sood, other judges of the competition were Baroness Sheela Flather, the first British Asian woman in the House of Lords, and prominent couturier Roy Allen. Councillor Sood said:

"I'm delighted to be part of this project because I think it's very important that Asian women should have a voice and be able to express just how they feel about life today in this country.

"How better to do that than through a wedding sari? We've all seen the beautiful embroidery from South Asia but let's see what we can come up with the UK.

"We may see wedding saris with buttons instead of sequins or with a Union Jack border!"

Making the Cut

The winning designs were announced at the touring exhibition, which was held at Charnwood Museum, in Loughborough.

The two Leicestershire winners

Emma Partridge and Dhamina Mistry

The top prize was taken by Munawar Ahmed from Greenwich in London. She designed a white sari, which was unveiled in a glass cabinet.

The Leicestershire runners up are Dhamina Mistry, who came in third place, and Emma Partridge, who came in fourth.

Dhamina will have her design turned into a real sari by designers.

The designs will continue to be showcased in the British Sari Story touring exhibition, which includes saris from around South Asia with information about their regional significance, as well as new saris with 21st century British designs. 

This year, the designers were asked to create a 20cm square swatch of fabric which they can imagine being created into a bridal sari.

The three lucky winners will have their designs made by India's top hautre-coture designer, RCKC, and the winning saris will be part of the touring exhibition next spring.

last updated: 03/10/2008 at 13:00
created: 03/10/2008

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