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 how life simply was back then, for most of us. ‘Ready made’ aka machine-made was
Saving age-old traditions and crafts one day at a time, and showcasing them to the world is what Kuzu, the textile studio based in Gangtok, Sikkim, is focussing on. Karma Sonam Bhutia, a textile designer noticed skilled artisans trading their village life for the city.
When I hear a mention of North-East of India, an image of brightly coloured, handwoven textiles comes to mind. These brightly colourful shawls seen in just about every Indian army officers’ homes gave the rest of us, aka, the civilians a little peep into the
Lots of stories exist for how Rakhi, as a festival came into being but the one about the war between Gods and Demons is my utmost favourite. It stresses the point that this festival wasn’t just about a brother-sister relationship but simply about asking for
Primarily transparent but not always, easy to shape when in molten state, neither a solid nor a liquid and can be recycled any number of times; without going into the depths of science, let’s just say that it is glass I am referring to. And, when
Have you spotted an auto in Delhi or perhaps a cab in Mumbai covered in colourful patterns, telling a story and maybe sending out a social message? Well, Taxi Fabric is the reason behind the new avatar for some of these iconic modes of transport.
It’s all about the weavers, they say…well it should be, but is it really?? As most people know, weaving is a fairly labour-intensive process. Yet, the weavers who painstakingly create the magnificence earn nothing more than five to seven percent, despite the ‘handmade’ label commanding a fairly
In today’s fast paced life, reminiscing the past can be a heartwarming and indulgent experience. It reminds us to stop, breathe and savour the simpler things in life. The joy of raiding kitchen shelves on a hot summer afternoon, waiting endlessly for tuesdays and the almost amber-coloured brass bowl of ‘besan ladoos’! As I attempted to mirror those sentiments and the old world charm in my home, I turned to brass. Sometime back we wrote about the ‘Return of the metals – brass, copper and bronze
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. People who know me say that my signature style is fairly unassuming. It does drift towards minimalistic design that exudes understated elegance, if I may humbly say so myself. Two years back, I discovered Raw Mango, a
Re-use, Re-cycle, whatever you want to call the process, the idea is pretty much the same; it is giving something a new look, a new face and perhaps even a new purpose in life. Don’t we all need this too, in our lives now and