Images of India : India’s transgender sari models win hearts…

Indias-transgenderIn a highly unusual move, a designer in Kerala has launched her new collection of saris, featuring two transgender models. Sharmila Nair’s collection is called Mazhavil – or, the rainbow – and it’s “dedicated to transgender people because globally they are represented by rainbow flags”. In India, where transgender people are looked down upon by the larger society and are considered as the in-between people who are to be ridiculed and shunned, the choice of models is attracting a lot of attention. The collection of brightly coloured saris and the stunning models have won rave reviews. Made by weavers in a small village in Hubli district in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, the saris are priced between Rs.1,500 and Rs.2,500.