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Fashion Week: A splash of Kumbh on the runway

While millions washed away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges, some people brought back interesting things from the largest religious congregation on earth - the Maha Kumbh Mela. Designer Tarun Tahiliani brought back ideas for his latest collection.

More than 2,000 years old, the festival is a meeting point for Hindu sadhus, some of whom live in the forest or in Himalayan caves. The sadhus at the Kumbh can be quite a spectacle - some are ash-smeared, some naked, sporting dreadlocks and beads, while some wrap themselves in saffron clothing.

On the second day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Tahiliani showcased his "Coombhack Collection", an interpretation of sadhu wear. Tahiliani gave the traditional drapes a modern and structured outlook in contemporary clothing.

“We went and we photographed thousands of people... and it is spectacular,” Tahiliani said. “The colours, the draping, just the way everyone drapes fabric in the most simplest way.”

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Designer Tarun Tahiliani speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

Highlights from the Tarun Tahiliani show on Thursday at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.