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The India Quilt Festival

The India Quilt Festival

 “Every quilt tells a story. You write it with your needle and you read it with your heart”, reads a line in the book, ‘The Elephant Quilt’, by Susan Lowell. Quilts to most of the world are simply layers of fabrics, put together with a

The ‘Tree of Life’ Motif in Indian Folk Art

The ‘Tree of Life’ Motif in Indian Folk Art

How often have you looked at a particular fabric or art and exclaimed in excitement on identifying it?  It is probably the style of painting, design or the motifs that make them easily recognisable by us.  The Oxford dictionary defines the word Motif as ‘a

Tilfi: When these young Banarasis returned to their roots

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 were wasting their ‘hunar’ aka skill. The weaver replied with a rhetorical question…”why are you yourselves

Meet the incredibles: Vivek of Kalavilasa & Dhurries

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 monotony set in, with a strong urge to do more than ‘just being’. These thoughts

Udupi and the Kunbi Sari: The Bakula Project

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 for a meagre ₹100, which shocked and upset her tremendously. Following the trail found on the label

2017 – The year of the Sari

2017 – The year of the Sari

As 2017 draws to a close, I reflect on all my experiences and learnings from this year. What stands out most for me, is my renewed enthusiasm for the humble sari! Social media communities are lit up with colours and drapes of women, flaunting with