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…

Meet the Maker: Tousif Ansari, a Maheshwari Sari Weaver

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…

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…

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…

The Textile Studio – Kuzu

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…

Style for this Monsoon

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…

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…

Araash Fresco Painting: A new identity with pops of colour

The euphoria of a discovery that eventually summarises the very purpose of one’s work is difficult to express. If we’re fortunate, we experience it, and life is never the same again! Probably Muirne Kate…

What does wearing ‘Ajrakh’ mean to you?

What does wearing ‘Ajrakh’ mean to you? I know there is a technical definition out there, but to me, it signifies style, earthiness and immense pride…a design soaked in the labour of hard work, that…

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…

Meet the Maker: Tousif Ansari, a Maheshwari Sari Weaver

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lure of the wonderous Maheshwaris

Soft, flowing drapes in cotton and silk, elegance, heritage, tradition…all woven in one fabric. Yes, I mean the beautiful Maheshwaris from Madhya Pradesh. Most of my basic knowledge of sarees…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Jewellery by Unniyarcha

Are you always on the lookout for ‘something different‘ in jewellery? Then, stay on this page and read on., we’ve got something for you, right here…Handmade Jewellery by Unniyarcha. Divya Nambiar,…

The Powerful NeckPiece

Over-the-top accessorising has been bothering me for a while (sore eyes and all that!). So, here I am, ready to get it all out of my system! How many times do…

The Timeless Jhumkas

‘Jhumka gira re, Bareilly ke bazaar mien…’ and repeat and repeat and repeat again until your family can take this no more…Hence, I decided to use this time and space…

The Gond Art Form

Are you one of those, who is always on the lookout for handmade pressies, that use ancient Indian craft techniques? Most of them are made by artisans, generally unknown to…

Patachitra: Not just another folk art

A couple of years back, on one of my visits to Kolkata, I happened to walk past Elgin Road on a sunday evening and stopped to hear some extremely melodious music….

Madhubani magic: Bharti Dayal

Sometimes you see something so beautiful that it mesmerizes you for the rest of your life. You can close your eyes and the image is right in front of you,…

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…

Dhurries & Cushions: It’s Springtime!

Spring is almost here and what better way to welcome it than with light, handwoven ‘dhurries’ aka cotton (mostly!) rugs and colourful cushions in your home.  Rewind a few decades,  and…

Bhadohi carpets: hand crafted luxury

Like a lot of other people, I truly believe in the power of furnishings to transform a space. I have been scouting for home furnishings, visiting some of my favourite stores, browsing through…

The Kullu Shawl and weaving traditions along ‘The Wool Road’

Many years ago, along a winded dusty road, there were two small villages in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, on a lesser-known trade route called ‘The Wool Road’.  Travellers from…

Basket Weaving – The ‘Moonj’ way

Basketry is as old a craft as perhaps pottery, practised by communities across the world using a variety of techniques and an array of materials.  A typical basket is made…

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…

Courtyard by Aline: Taking you back to your roots with brass

In today’s fast paced life, reminiscing the past can be a heartwarming and indulgent experience. It reminds us to stop, breathe and savour the simpler things in life.  The joy of raiding kitchen shelves on a hot summer afternoon, waiting endlessly for tuesdays and the almost amber-coloured brass bowl of ‘besan ladoos’! As I attempted to mirror those sentiments and the old world charm in my home, I turned to brass. Sometime back we wrote about the ‘Return of the metals – brass, copper and bronze

DIY kits from up-cycled pine, and Up-cycled furniture with a new face

Re-use, Re-cycle, whatever you want to call the process, the idea is pretty much the same; it is giving something a new look, a new face and perhaps even a…

Kitchen Stories – Meet The Village Fair, spreading the goodness of Cast Iron

Rewind back to India’s pre-independence years, and you would find that food was cooked in either iron or clay pots. Then, the aluminium and the steel revolution happened in the 20th century, whereby…