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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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…