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
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 history, our culture. History and a story behind the weaves and crafts has always fascinated
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
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
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.
Respite from the heat, the freshly washed lushness of the surroundings, the earthy scent that envelopes our senses, the shrill sound of the crickets and visuals of blinding pinks, calming greens are just some of the blessings of the monsoons. Monsoons need to be celebrated
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.
Sari, is a quintessential piece of clothing in every Indian girl’s wardrobe. I am in awe of it and can discuss it until the cows come home! So, here I am once again, this time focussing on Saris & Drapes. ‘Ulta Palla’ and ‘Seedha Palla’ were
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
Ever since I was little, I have loved draping sarees. In my school days, playing dress-up in a sari, tucked around my skirt, and worn over a t-shirt was the norm over the holidays. Then, suddenly as a grown up I was expected to wear the