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…

Artisan is an agent of Change, believes Paces Crafts

We love real stories that revolve around empowering artisans, improving livelihoods and keeping the handcrafts alive.  So, when we heard about Indra Cox and Paces Crafts, we had to share it with…

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…

Love for Handmade & Hand-finished

Hand-stitched clothes and knitted garments were the norm for us when we were growing up. It certainly wasn’t because of our mothers and grandmothers’  love for handmade, but that was…

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…

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…

Storytelling magic with The Kahani Project and Tara Books

Storytelling has been a part of Indians for hundreds of years. Styles differ based on communities across the length and breadth of the country. Storytelling traditions often include wonderful dance…

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…

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…

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…