Mukaish, Kamdani or Badla – traditional embellishment techniques

Indian traditional apparel and costumes, specially the ones made for festive occasions tend to be heavily embellished. Some like it extra ‘heavy’ and some like it ‘light’, but very few…

Phulkari: Punjab’s pride

Phulkari from the wonderful land of Punjab shouts out joy, happiness, laughter, colour, togetherness and endless love….People of Punjab have been weaving the most magical craft stories for centuries . A…

The graceful elegance of Lucknawi Chikankari

Flashback…Delhi: 1990s; summer; early morning rush on the roads; women rushing to work and colleges; some in ‘chartered buses’ while others in auto-rickshaws; some driving to work…and amongst all this…

The resurgence of the poetic Parsi Gara

Last week was quite busy, in a social sort-of-way with pre-wedding functions and then the wedding over the weekend. Phew! While the bride and the bridegroom were the cynosure of…

Tarusa: Handcrafted luxury

Last week, I visited the grand IHGF, which was tucked away, far away in Greater Noida, but every worth of that long journey was so worth it. I was spellbound by…

Kantha jackets – handmade with love

A quick weekend getaway to Jaipur tops one of my ‘favourite-things-to-do’ list, and I managed to sneak that in last weekend! While waiting to check-in (the hotel was busy), I…

Kasuti embroidery from Karnataka

I realized this morning that I had not written about a specific craft of India in a long time! How terrible of me and I apologize profusely for this. I…

Beauty in simplicity – Toda Embroidery

Embroidery of a region often tells a tale about the history, culture and day-to-day lives of a group of people. The same is the story for Toda Embroidery, with essentially just…

Kashmir – land of magical embroideries on fabric

Most of us living in Delhi and parts of Northern India would recall the ‘kashmiri-shawl wallah‘ setting up a stall in the neighbourhood or visiting our homes selling exquisite hand…

Phulkari – something new, something old this Lohri

The winter this year has chilled us to the bones, yet there seems to be no respite. However, it is that time of the year again when we look forward…