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….

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…

Handmade style by Oshadi and Plantation House

Our search for stores that appreciate history, stories and the beauty of crafts is always on. Bringing handmade gorgeousness to you is a joy, and that’s what motivates us to always keep an…

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…

Shopping time at Handmade at Kew-I

It’s that time of the year when the festivities and exhibitions are at their peak. Lots happening all across the globe, but in my world, the focus today is on…

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…

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…

Stylish handmade summer dressing

With summer at its peak in India, it’s time to pause and be surrounded by some handmade, breezy stylish clothing.   I am sure that you already have been stocking up on…

The Handbags Speak

Handbags have been around forever; well, since the 14th century anyway,  in various shapes, sizes and prices and of course,  one is never enough! Though, I personally am not a…

Mojris- stylish footwear

“Momma always says there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going, where they’ve been” – Forest Gump I do believe that footwear speaks…

Creativity in leather from Rajasthan

There is so much of brilliance in craftsmanship in Rajasthan, that we will probably take days to write about it all…but as we explore the rich crafts from the state…

Ittar – exploring the world of natural fragrance

Yesterday, I was longing for some ‘me’ time and so I made myself a large cup of ‘kadak adrak-ilaichi wali chai‘ and sat outside to read a book in my chilly yet…

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…

Handcrafted Jewellery with a story: Lai

Not so long ago, I came across a beautiful line on a jewellery website. It simply read ‘Travel, history, crafts and stories…we try to braid them all in our jewellery‘….

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 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…

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