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…

Hand Block Printing Rocks

It seems that hand block printing has been around for thousands of years, but I don’t remember my mother wearing hand-block printed sarees at all! Hand block printing clothes are…

Jewellery as wearable art

As long as the human race exists, there would continue to be a need for jewellery. For some, wearing jewellery satiates the need to prove their ‘richness quotient’ to the…

Pom-Pom is Happiness!

Sometimes, a plain  white scarf, a simple linen saree, a hat, all look ‘lonely’ in my opinion, as if looking out for a hug, and I reckon, the best way to…

Create keepsakes from old clothes and jewellery

As we grow older, we collect a lot of precious memories, sometimes as simple gifts from parents and grandparents.  A traditional gold or silver coin that was given to a…

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…

Khadi: The handspun, handwoven wonder is relevant again

Last evening, I overheard a little boy making elaborate plans with his grandfather for the summer holidays. The summers for us meant a no-rules, no-schedule, fun-filled month at our grandparents’ home….

Jewellery: handcrafted magic you would love

Weddings and festive occasions are round the corner, and  jewellery beckons once again! When I was growing up, attending any wedding meant, a trip to the ‘bank locker’  to retrieve gold…

Dupattas-to notch up your outfit

‘Dupattas’ are well-known to us, Indian women.  We grew up seeing the stylish ones worn at festive occasions and the ordinary ones at home, even worn on ‘night wear’ by some…