It’s almost summer and it’s time for your hand-woven beauties to surface again. Little do we realize that when we drape a hand-woven sari, we share a part of our history, our culture. History and a story behind the weaves and crafts has always fascinated
As 2017 draws to a close, I reflect on all my experiences and learnings from this year. What stands out most for me, is my renewed enthusiasm for the humble sari! Social media communities are lit up with colours and drapes of women, flaunting with
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 how life simply was back then, for most of us. ‘Ready made’ aka machine-made was
Have you spotted an auto in Delhi or perhaps a cab in Mumbai covered in colourful patterns, telling a story and maybe sending out a social message? Well, Taxi Fabric is the reason behind the new avatar for some of these iconic modes of transport.
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 new purpose in life. Don’t we all need this too, in our lives now and
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 them! It was our ‘Munna tailor’, where my Ma used to take us. Ma would
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 find several uses today too. An accessory that has kept up with the times and only
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 world , whilst for others it is simply an accessory to feel happy and occasionally
Are you one of those, who is always on the lookout for handmade pressies, that use ancient Indian craft techniques? Most of them are made by artisans, generally unknown to us, even though their creations are sold far and wide! It’s the designers and stores
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 was noticeable an ocean of whites…most of those whites belonged to the much loved ‘Lucknawi Chikankari‘ family.