Taxi Fabric – Giving artists visibility & public transport a facelift

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…

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…

The Ayush Kejriwal saree – striking, sassy and ever so stunning

“A few years ago I came across a phrase – ‘To do a common thing uncommonly well, brings success’, and I think this is exactly what I set myself to…

Printing traditions: Sanganer & Bagru

Rajasthan has a rich tradition in textiles dyeing and printing. We had written about the magic of Bandhej in one of our earlier posts and just as we were touring the…

Kalamkari, a craft, a tradition

Sometimes you find inspirations in the most unexpected places, like I did for this post. I was clearing up my old greeting cards (yes, I am a hoarder), and I…

Feeling the ‘Bandhej’ magic

Jodhpur, a bright and colourful city in Rajasthan is home to magnificent ancient forts with thousands of years of history tucked away. In addition,  you can find tiny, narrow lanes…

The Tussar Affair

I was attending a Diwali party last week and the most entertaining aspect for me was analysing the sarees that literally ‘made up’ the room; the faces cease to exist (well, for…

Saree tales – the #100SareePact

Festivity is in the air along with a bit of smog and a lot of happiness! Parties being arranged, get-togethers being organised, shopping expeditions being launched, wardrobes of mothers and…

The Royal Chanderi

It is officially autumn, and while it may not be the season for the soft, breezy Chanderis, the sun is still in its glory permitting us some more time to…

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…

Artisanal jewellery by Manifest Design

Minimalist, stylish, ‘no-fuss’, classy ‘conversation starter‘ – that is my idea of choosing accessories! Who doesn’t like a random person walking up to you and saying – “Wow! This bracelet…

Muted Mondays: Himachali Jewellery

Can you have too much of jewellery? Not in my world! Today, we are having a quick peep at the jewellery from the Himachal region. Recently, I came across a story…

Muted Mondays – Terracotta Jewellery

Just met a girl who absolutely loves ‘natural’ jewellery. I love silver, instead! I always thought ‘natural’ meant thread and perhaps with glass beads. This girl’s talk made me want…

Muted Mondays – North East’s jewellery

Let the pictures do the talking…it’s muted monday, after all! All this wonderful jewellery from the North-East of India.  There is a piece, somewhere from this wonderful part of the world, waiting to be…

Muted Mondays: Rajasthani jewellery

Let these pieces in silver do the talking today…   Shilpa xx   Cover Image: via

The Bangle Stack – Traditional Collection from Bengal

Way back, when I was in school, one of my favourite poems was ‘The Bangle Sellers’ by Sarojini Naidu. I loved it then, I love it now and before I…

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,…

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…