Understanding life through art

Going by the “Hurun Indian Luxury Consumer Survey 2019” the high-net-worth Indian’s most preferred personal investments are real estate and stock market. I’m happily shocked that lower down the line ‘Art’ too has managed to hold its own under collectibles despite such uncertain times.

Silk, Gold and Silver from Benaras: The City of Lights

PRA – KASHI: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light National Museum, New Delhi 10th September – 8th October 2019 Minakari Panel “Pra – Kashi: Silk, Gold & Silver from the City of Light” is an exhibition of textiles showcasing the finest traditions of contemporary handwoven weaves done on traditional Indian drawlooms over the…

‘Woven Threads’ from Nagaland

I have been following Woven Threads since a while now on social media and exhibitions. Also conversed with its creative head Kevisedenuo Margaret Zinyu who is from Kohima, Nagaland at Dastkar, Delhi on a few occasions. But each time our conversations steered towards… why we Indians are not wanting to shell out anything more than the price of…

Smocking an antidote on indigenous textiles

Born and brought up in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, a northern Himalayan state of India, Anjali Bahuguna of Brih is conscious of her surrounding, fragile ecosytem. Having done Bio Medical Engineering, she is into trading medical equipment since the past 12 years. Though in 2014 & 15 she pursued her passion for clothes…

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…

Evoking desire in a sublime or refined fashion

Tere Ishq nachaiyaan kar key thaiyaa thaiyaa Your love has made me dance like mad Tere Ishq ne dera mere andar keeta Bhar ke zeher payala main taan aape peeta, Jhabde wahudi tabiba nahin te main mar gaiyaan Tere Ishq nachaiyaan kar key thaiyaa thaiyaa Falling in love with you Was like taking a sip…

Appliqued Abrak for newer festive look

Carrying on with the Ahmedabad series is another under-the-radar label Usha Pasi. It too is doing applique but with a purely Indian take. The lady’s sublime taste is supported by her daughter Sukanya Pasi as she contributes to the clothing line being a fashion and accessory designer (check out the daughter’s traditional yet contemporary hair accessories which are…

Fashioning gender neutral clothes

Wajahat Rather is a beautiful young man. He reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s description of his character Dorian gray in the book ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’ And so do his edgy yet simple aesthetics which take reference from Kashmiri roots of arts and crafts for fashioning gender neutral clothing. I was lucky to have…

All for the love of handloomed waste

Don’t know what to term this unfortunate situation as …evolution or extermination? From Sunder Nagri to the neighbouring towns of Delhi, Ashita Singhal of Paiwand – a fresh fashion design graduate combed for weavers late last year and realized that the community was on the brink of extinction. Their derelict units brought tears to her eyes….

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…