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 Sonam Bhutia, a textile designer noticed skilled artisans trading their village life for the city.
When I hear a mention of North-East of India, an image of brightly coloured, handwoven textiles comes to mind. These brightly colourful shawls seen in just about every Indian army officers’ homes gave the rest of us, aka, the civilians a little peep into the
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.
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 earn nothing more than five to seven percent, despite the ‘handmade’ label commanding a fairly
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 a ‘must have’ for some but when exactly did this phenomenon begin? To be honest, the
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. We all looked up to our grandfather for his self-discipline, large heartedness and of course, immense
Soft, flowing drapes in cotton and silk, elegance, heritage, tradition…all woven in one fabric. Yes, I mean the beautiful Maheshwaris from Madhya Pradesh. Most of my basic knowledge of sarees and weaves (in addition to their history) comes from my mother. If memory serves me right