Renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks (59) died at his residence in Colvale village in Goa
- A Padma Shri awardee, Rodricks was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist.
- He was in the process of setting up a museum, Moda Goa Museum and Research Centre, which Rodricks had dedicated to clothes and fashion in Goa through the ages.
- As a designer he has been credited with reviving the Kunbi saree, worm by the indigenous Kunbi tribal women of Goa.
- This Kunbi saree was originally worn by Kunbi and Gawda tribe women who were basically paddy field worker.
- The Kunbi saree is draped by tying in the fabric below the shoulder and a strip of cloth is crossed over the left shoulder and fastened on the back. This gives freedom to the Kunbi workers to carry on with their daily chores and hard field works.
- Traditionally, the Kunbi is a cotton checkered sari in red and white.
Source : Economic Times