Marigold Diary



Getting nostalgic over India’s everyday design

“In India, to understand objects in terms of design one has to re-imagine design itself. Design here is not entirely determined by the aesthetic appeal of the object, but by its significance in our everyday lives (often influenced by its users)” is an understanding of the author Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan of Pukka Indian-100 Objects that Define India published by Roli Books.

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Born in Lucknow, she now lives as a perfumer in Paris and confesses “Their composition has given me a privileged viewpoint to design with  senses. ………..Design captures space and moods where the invisible becoming visible, which is the core of my book, with notions of home.”

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Jamdani – a sublime weave does justice to slow fashion

She remembers sketching gowns from class 7th onwards after secretly gaping at the international fashion magazines for hours on end. Had fancied a German – Karl Largarfeld ever since, for successfully creating three distinct labels simultaneously – French fashion house Chanel, an Italian one Fendi, along with his own fashion label.


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Dining with KIKA while celebrating milestones


Well, for me this 70th Independence day celebrations has been about analyzing India’s journey of rapid urbanization, growing awareness of western lifestyles, and higher disposable income. Ironically, certain aspects of global living came to fore, one such being cooking; as an increasing number of cosmopolitans are going back to soirees where exotic foods are paired up with fancy dinner and serveware as that has become a part of their conversations. So now, serving food tastefully  is no longer the prerogative of only the rich and famous of a bygone era.

Janaki Kirloskar in 2016, after working for 12 years in her century-old family business, decided to make the most of this crevasse. Having revelled in a beautiful home with luxuries, she had travelled, fine dined and entertained extensively ever since childhood. This industrial engineer who has an eye for patterns and designs decided on making the most of her of her background with KIKA Tableware – an acronym which brings together two most significant forces of her life – her daughters, Devaki and Mihika.  And with the onset of our festive season it seemed most appropriate for me to question her about her fairly new creative venture.

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Parked with print makers

Saturday was hectic but whose complaining…… our  WIDEA artisans’ workshop was fantastic, visited a beautiful newly launched home accessories store and viewed this amazing print making art pop-up…….. TOUCH/Parked@Nivasa.

There I met Kanika Anandan independent art writer and the show’s curator. Armed with a Masters in Art History from the National Museum Institute, India and curatorial fellowship from the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, 2012-13; this 31 yrear old impressed me while talking about her trajectory, extensively with galleries and alternative spaces in the United States, France and India. Has infact for a while been contributing to international publications like Art India, Daily Serving and the Sunday Guardian. And is currently serving as Associate Curator for the Artist Pension Trust (Global/Mumbai).

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Art is the triumph over chaos

Holding true to its name at the Serendipity Festival, I met Dithi – a Bengali artist.

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“Flight of Imagination”

It is intoxicating to be listening to the tales of a perfectionist and his journey, specially when the conversation is laced with famous urdu quotes like “log saath aate gaye aur carvan banta gaya!” by Majrooh Sultanpuri. But, staying true to my roots, I got more clued in our conversation only after he told me that he lived like a proud North-Indian in Ahemdabad- one of the most culturally diverse cities in Gujarat.

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Crossing boundaries

Two days ago, I went for the ongoing Dastkar Mela-Crossing Boundaries, which is being held from 17th-28th Sept’15 at Andheria More, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Over there, were artisans showcasing their merchandise from neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethopia, Vietnam and few Indian states – U.P., Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka, Gujarat and Manipur; though complacent with the knowledge of their craft.

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Indigenously crafted clothing

A long yet conscious supply chain handcrafts its produts with care…….

Indigene a girl next door label is thriving on its simplicity in separates. It tacitly agrees with my summer essential requirements in khadi and linen; gives more room to experiment with accessories to easily live with a capsule wardrobe. So here I am sharing details of a design and clothing company that mediates between the artisans, craftsmen and conscientious buyers.

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Kunal’s ode to the Himalayas

-Sharing a verbatim monologue of Kunal Batra- the artist, who puts his art into perspective for novices like me.

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