Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe who are on a two-day trip to India surprised everyone by embracing Indian fashion when they met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was nothing but an amazing sight to see the two world leaders dressed in traditional Indian outfits. Shinzo Abe was seen wearing something similar to Modi’s trademark style. Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe took part in an eight kilometer roadshow from the Ahmadabad airport to the Sabarmati Ashram all clad in traditional Indian outfits.
Abe sported a kurta pajama with a bright blue colored Nehru jacket, something that Indian Prime Minister wears during his foreign visits. The blue jacket was custom designed for Abe to match with the white pyjama and cream kurta and the fabric used for the outfit was a mix of khadi and Matka silk. The uniqueness of Matka silk is the irregularity of the fabric; the hand-loom silk has a rough texture and it feels like tweed. The measurements were sent to the makers ahead of the visit, so that the outfits were all ready before the Japanese Prime Minister visited India.
And Shinzo’s wife Akie Abe sported an elegant yet simple salwar kameez. The beautiful pink colored salwar-kameez paired with a cream-hued dupatta looked nothing but elegant on her. Though Jade Blue is an exclusive men’s clothing store, the responsibility of Akie Abe’s outfits were also handed over to them. The makers called a few people to get Akie Abe’s outfit and settled on the perfect outfit; salwar kameez with Bandhani print, these prints are cultural heritage of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
The outfits for both Shinzo Abe and Akie Abe were designed by the Ahmedabad based brothers, Jitendra and Bipin Chauhan’s label Jade Blue. The two are personal tailors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi reviewed the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and also attended a function to mark the commencement of India’s first high-speed bullet train rail project between Ahmadabad and Mumbai that is set for a roll out in 2023. This rail project will significantly reduce the traveling distance between Mumbai and Ahmadabad.