Spreading ‘Indian-ness’ in Canada: In conversation with Aly Velji

“The details are not the details, they make the design.”  – Charles Eames Every single time, we come across a creative person, who is spreading ‘Indian-ness’ across the globe, whilst…

The India Quilt Festival

 “Every quilt tells a story. You write it with your needle and you read it with your heart”, reads a line in the book, ‘The Elephant Quilt’, by Susan Lowell….

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…

Lai – Walk in the alleyways of Old Delhi

If you like me carry a little bit of Old Delhi within you, then you will love Lai’s latest collection of jewellery.   Old Delhi to me is synonymous with history,…

Namaste – My understanding of this widely used word!

Growing up in India, most of us have greeted others with chants of ‘namaste Aunty, namaste Uncle’ . Well, who doesn’t remember being prodded and poked by parents and grandparents, to…

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…

Aipan – Art from the Himalayas

The snow in the Himalayas dictates the intensity of the cold in North India but somehow the art and craft forms of the region seem to have had less of…

Events to look out for in January 2018

It’s a new year, a new dawn and there are opportunities galore! India never sleeps and as festivals and celebrations mark the first month of the year, we notice the…

The Textile Studio – Kuzu

Saving age-old traditions and crafts one day at a time, and showcasing them to the world is what  Kuzu, the textile studio based in Gangtok, Sikkim, is focussing on. Karma…

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…