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…

A Rakhi for you, with love

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…

Ikroop, the Glass artist & Jewellery Designer

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…

Alternative Sari Drapes: Explore the Regional Drapes with Border & Fall’s ‘The Sari Series’

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…

Preserving Simplicity – Textile Tales by Maku

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…

‘Anti-fit’ Blouse: The Evolving Saree Accessory

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…

Raw Mango: Simplifying and reimagining the saree

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…

Upcycled Magic – Shoes & Jewellery

Everyone complains about the ‘throw away’ culture but there are very few who do something about it.  Some of us don’t have a clue about what to do with things…

Who made your clothes and #whomademyclothes ? – Part I

When I was younger, I was mostly dressed in the most beautifully styled dresses, (we would refer to them as ‘frocks’ at the time) and I knew exactly who made…

Bags with a Soul

Our fascination with bags has been evident for centuries. Egyptians loved their bags then and we continue to be fascinated by them even today. They served a purpose then and they…