Shringara, Saukhya, Svasthi

Shringara, is one of the nine ‘rasas’ or aesthetic flavours in classical Indian arts. Usually it is translated as erotic or romantic love, simple attraction or beauty. As, most traditional Indian arts revolved around the alliance between a man and a woman ‘Shringara’ was the primary emotion. cited wikipedia Saukhya means Pleasure and Happiness While Svasthi signifies Wellbeing, Auspicious and Healing…

Prevention is better than cure

Kavita Devgan, Rupa Publications Rs.204 (218p) ISBN 978-93-5304-361-2 Oddly enough, even though I am more inclined towards design, art and fashion,  I was gifted ‘Grandmother’s Hacks – 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You’ by Kavita Devgan at a time when I had acute acidity. Each summer, since the past few years, I’ve spent groggily…

Picturesque India

Picturesque India: A Journey in Early Picture Postcards (1896-1947) Sangeeta and Ratnesh Mathur, Niyogi Books,  Rs. 1,430, ISBN 978-93-85285-91-2

The Chamar Project

Wearing his OBC badge proudly is Sudheer Rajbhar, who as per Indian media is successfully breaking the glass ceiling in the snooty art and design world. Looking beyond his caste story  is equality of status through work. One is drawn to his skill and out-of-the-box business model as forces to reckon with. This brand of minimalist…

Make this eco-friendly ceramic tableware your festive gift this season

The first Indian Ceramics Triennale: Breaking Ground is on at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (in collaboration with the Contemporary Clay Foundation) till 18th November 2018. This and few other exhibitions in the recent past have been slowly and steadily bringing to fore ceramics in India. On the surface it seems like a sudden burst…

To ‘serve’ with love

I recently discovered ISTLONDON, founded by  John William Micklethwaite. Its first workshop apparently started operating in 2013 but it began selling in August 2014. Actually the credit goes to my younger sister who bought its blue pastel dessert platter and serve bowls from the main shop in Alcati (a town on Turkey’s Çeşme Peninsula, on the Aegean…

Anti-fashion menswear for X, Y, Zee generations

Itō, Ito, Itou, Itoh or Itoo (written: 伊藤) might be the sixth most common Japanese surname but now is the name of a Delhi based menswear label owned by Amit Babbar, which also means a yarn or thread in their lingo. Its aesthetics are an aftermath of his luxurious globetrotting trips during childhood which left an indelible mark…

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…

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.