Spreading ‘Indian-ness’ in Canada: In conversation with Aly Velji

“The details are not the details, they make the design.”  – Charles Eames Every single time, we come across a creative person, who is spreading ‘Indian-ness’ across the globe, whilst…

Channapatna, can it be saved?

Channapatna craft has been around since the 18th century. While it has had some glorious years, it seems to be losing its sparkle. It’s not just the glory of Channapatna…

‘Drawn from Heritage’ at Liberty, London

‘What exactly does the word ‘Heritage’ refer to?’, I hear you ask.  Well, I understand it to be an amalgamation of our traditions, our values, customs, our celebrations, our phenomenal…

Lai – Walk in the alleyways of Old Delhi

If you like me carry a little bit of Old Delhi within you, then you will love Lai’s latest collection of jewellery.   Old Delhi to me is synonymous with history,…

Tilfi: When these young Banarasis returned to their roots

Once while having a conversation with a weaver in the cold winters of 2013,  three youngsters found themselves questioning the weaver about why his sons weren’t taking up weaving and…

Meet the incredibles: Vivek of Kalavilasa & Dhurries

This is a story of someone who graduated from the best Engineering institution in the country, and  then spent over two decades in the corporate world.  But then, drudgery and…

Meet the Maker: Tousif Ansari, a Maheshwari Sari Weaver

It’s almost summer and it’s time for your hand-woven beauties to surface again. Little do we realize that when we drape a hand-woven sari, we share a part of our…

Udupi and the Kunbi Sari: The Bakula Project

Bakula loves shopping in her village – Hebri (near Udupi); a habit she has had since her childhood days. Last year she came across a beautiful, handwoven sari being sold just…

Artisan is an agent of Change, believes Paces Crafts

We love real stories that revolve around empowering artisans, improving livelihoods and keeping the handcrafts alive.  So, when we heard about Indra Cox and Paces Crafts, we had to share it with…

Love for Handmade & Hand-finished

Hand-stitched clothes and knitted garments were the norm for us when we were growing up. It certainly wasn’t because of our mothers and grandmothers’  love for handmade, but that was…