Channapatna, can it be saved?

Channapatna craft has been around since the 18th century. While it has had some glorious years, it seems to be losing its sparkle. It’s not just the glory of Channapatna…

Mental Health – Getting Crafty can help

You want to sit down to write but you have no idea where to begin, like words have run away from you. You are very aware that there are a…

Crafts, Culture, Conversations and Us

This is our birthday month and while we reflect back on our journey, ponder and make preparations to steer ourselves forward, I thought it is only prudent to share with…

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…

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…

Kasuti embroidery from Karnataka

I realized this morning that I had not written about a specific craft of India in a long time! How terrible of me and I apologize profusely for this. I…

Bells – The Craft behind the melodious chimes

I once watched a film called ‘Godhuli’ on Doordarshan when I was in school. We had bought a television for our┬áhome, and the excitement of ‘gaping’ at whatever was being…