Handloom is neither cheap nor imperfect

“We work for that day when the word ‘handloom’ connotes neither cheap…nor imperfect…nor does it bring to mind visions of poor artisans with underfed children. We look forward to that day when ‘hand-loom’ is associated with pride and joy…and rightfully acknowledged as the very backbone of our culture and heritage.” – Karomi Crafts Kona Collection…

Throwback modernist jewellery

Jotting in my little black book for Ahmedabad next is – Kritha Makwana, for her abstract metal jewellery. It is quite unlike the ones we have featured earlier i.e. sculptural jewellery by Manifest Design and organically traditional by Dvibhumi. With hints from primitive bronze and iron age, it dawned on me how this ‘throwback modernist jewellery‘ would undoubtedly…

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…

Romanticising maximalism of Indian design

His mentor, Tony Duqutte was an American design legend who created elegant interiors, high jewelry, costumes and sets for Hollywood and Broadway productions, European royalty and the well-heeled. Following suit, Hutton Wilkinson – the grandson of the late Bolivian president Don José Luis Tejada-Sorzano unarguably stepped into the goliath’s shoes. As a child with a quirky sense of humour…

I fancy age-old Ayurvedic Skincare concoctions in a bottle!

  Today I’m sharing two stories which are sides of the same coin – one of Abida Halstenberg from Berkeley Square, London who is the founder of Samaya which has creams, cleansers, oils and supplements for the skin and hair. She grew up in Hyderabad, south of India, but her folks belonged to the North, in Uttar Pradesh….

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…

Kurmanchal keepsakes

    Kurma – Maneet Kaur‘s baby, based outside Dehradun takes a cue from the interior trends of 2017 and charms one with jewel tone biota motifs on muted colours. Specializing in screen and block printing by hand on fabric, this small design outfit has designed a smart range of organic cotton stationery, accessories, home furnishings and more. Its organic raw cotton  is sourced from…

Whimsical accesories

One of my Christmas finds is this Contemporary Sculptural Jewelry for an understated sparkle at the beach parties this season. Manifest Design established in the fall of 2013, is a dream project of siblings Manreet & Samraat Deol, who are committed to revitalizing the traditional metalsmithing traditions of India. Manreet, the Creative Director of Manifest Design thought of ‘Everyday…

Vegging at thefarm, Jaipur

A quote by John Russel “Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting” pretty much describes my friend’s amazing property, outside Jaipur. When she invited me for an event and stay at her farm, I actually wasn’t aware of this paradise she lived in. Its only after the entire experience did I realize the worth of my impromptu holiday.

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…