Bohemian Christmas

Tucked away in the bylane of Shahpur Jat, New Delhi, is a quaint store on the first floor, Olivia Dar. An eponymous contemporary bohemian luxury label was born in 2011. This labour of love originated from the lady’s travels and her desire to share the traditional artisanal crafts of India and Central Asia. Earlier one knew of her women’s…

Old becomes In, with jewellery

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or fantasy wherein technology and aesthetics are inspired by 19th-century – industrial steam-powered machinery; as those were the romantic times when art and craft movement, discoveries and new technology, were all vying for attention at the same time, in Europe. And so in the mid-20th century, the Steampunk movement  began modding the two through…

Adornment, what a science!

Phew!!! It sure does take a lot of perseverance to tap the right labels for the blog…anyways cutting a long  story short, last fortnight I managed to meet the young Tuhina Goyal of HOUSE OF TUHINA fame, at her neat and chic manufacturing unit in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Mastering local weaves and styles

For Chinar Farooqui – a textile and clothing designer working from her studio in Jaipur, Rajasthan – India, style is primarily a matter of instinct. Hearing that statement I quickly reflected on my wardrobe, and realized how comfortable I was getting in my skin, with time!

Swati Kalsi’s avant-garde Sujani

Had met Swati Kalsi, an immensely talented fashion and textile designer at the Nayaab exhibition late last year. And my first question to her was…. what’s the difference between Sujani and Kantha? Sujani, she explained is a mix of running, chain and filler or Bharua stitches while Kantha is predominantly running. Common to both Bihar and Bengal (neighbouring…

Death by shoes

For anyone with a shoe fetish Amorio should be your must-buy brand, in Jaipur. Do not miss it for anything in the world specially if you are looking to own a second skin!!

Romancing the Kashmiri shawl

Preferring hot beverages like coffee, Hot Toddy and kehwa, curled up in bed throughout my new year break I was engrossed reading a coffee table book The Romance of the Cashmere Shawl by Monique Levi-Strauss lent by Shameem Abdulla (a dealer of beautiful and authentic shawls, upholstery, carpets, walnut wood furniture and papier-mâché from Kashmir in Delhi).

Boro – now a piece of art

Yesterday at the Nayaab exhibition, in pursuit of excellence in textile crafts of India, I met Neha Puri Dhir – a textile artist.

Buttoned up sophistication

Kesya  is a word derived from kesariya by Divya Shekhawat and Shivangani Singh meaning Saffron is one of the costliest spices in the world, used for seasoning and colouring. But there is a deeper connotation to it which means your darling or the only person you care about the most in this world by calling him “saffron beloved” in Northwestern Indian villages of Punjab, Himachal, UP, Kashmir…

Divinity in style

During the Jaipur trip I noticed my rebel fashionista friend Ritu, wear a Studio Kassa ring designed by Aarushi Patel – who by the way is a graphic designer by profession, based in the Pink City itself. Under a label of structured leather bags with her partner, she few months ago, diversified into sculptural jewellery.