The sari made something of a comeback at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards which took place at the Hilton Hotel, London, on Tuesday 19th may 2015. Having fallen out of favour in recent years, the lengthening hemlines on the traditional salwar kameez saw several women going back to the ubiquitous sari. The word sari is derived from Sanskrit sari and literally means ‘strip of cloth’. Its origin can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished during 2800–1800 BC around the western part of the Indian subcontinent and can be worn in up to 80 different ways – the most common being the Nivi style with the pallau draped across the left shoulder. TOWIE star Jasmin Walia chose to wear a canary yellow silk sari in a dhoti style, accessorizing with matching shoes. Anita Goyal, one of the ‘Asian Power Couples To Watch in 2015’ was understated in an elegant brown and black chiffon sari worn with sleeveless embroidered choli (blouse).
The Asian Women of Achievement Awards (AWA) this year celebrated their sixteenth anniversary at a dinner in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP, Miriam Gonazlez Durantez, author Elif Shafak, TOWIE star Jazmine Walia, Lord Kamlesh Patel and Baroness Patricia Scotland. The awards, founded by Pinky Lilani OBE DL, are an annual celebration of the contributions that individual Asian women have made in Britain, both professionally and in their communities, and the applicants this year were as impressive as they were diverse.