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Edgy coquettish designs

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At a party someone very rightly said to me that one should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. Admiring Bhavin and Twinkle Gada’s fashion jewelry label BEGADA I couldn’t agree more. Sold on Cult Curators, these edgy coquettish designs caught my eye, as they spell drama successfully in bold and red letters.

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An armoured lady

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Not just in creative fields but in general most Muslim women are surreptitiously finding ways of reclaiming their freedom world over. Tayeba Begum Lipi (b.1969, Bangladesh) is one such multimedia artist who portrays her counterparts through different media; exploring feminist issues, addressing societal contradictions and often questioning sexual stereotypes surrounding their existence around the globe.

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You can’t buy love but can buy handmade

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A nomadic lifestyle and simple living is aspirational for many, especially if it includes attributes such as openness, curiosity and meaningfulness…and the ‘Luxe’ quotient in it is the time well spent in discovering and exploring ideas.

Aditi Dhar, a Kashmiri, the designer of Vitasta (her middle name is also the Sanskrit word for river Jhelum, in Kashmir) is inspired by women who are freethinkers… with a strong sense of self, holding cosmopolitan views.

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Kurmanchal keepsakes

 

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KurmaManeet 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 Punjab and then carded, handspun and woven all by hand in Dehradun, by an organisation which rehabilitates cured lepers by teaching them such activities. Kurma also works as a social enterprise which helps the disadvantaged members of society e.g. training the hearing impaired women as seamstresses.

For Maneet, its a business with a heart that generates work for the local communities and individual artisans.

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Slick knick-knacks from the Paris of India

 

Generally when one travels we like to pick up local non-perishable specialties or souvenirs to take back home. Anytime in Jaipur, I suggest you visit the Code Silver store for its upmarket wildlife mementos.

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Nailing surrealism during the 10th Jaipur Lit Fest

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You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you

For when in Rome do as the Romans do, I’d recommend travellers to the Pink City for the Literature Festival, an Alternative Art space created especially by Wolf. It is an experiential crevasse of recycled design – a brainchild of gifted scarp artists Ritu and Surya Singh….basically an other-worldly forest good for the Wolf and Bees and all things that matter the most!

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Kabir inspires contemporary fashion

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Contemporary apparel is known to be accessible in price and relevant to present day fashion. It is modern compared to the higher end luxury market and a tad younger, more often than not.

For a fashion student contemporary begins from the loom which makes a more powerful statement than the machine, when woven with hand. Designer Padmaja Krishnan like Kabir, equates it to meditation; which as per the weaver’s poetry is known to be an expression of an ingenious human mind. Being a slow fashion addict, her eponymous label too hopes to restore the magic in handloom, through ‘The Loom Mind’ collection, this year.

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Women thrive on novelty

Ryouko Haraguchi named her label Sind because her first store resembled a fluffy cotton ball, reminding her of the region- Sind, in Pakistan, known for its cotton. Methinks it could also be an influence of the ‘Sindworkis’ connection with Japan in the mid 20th century, when they had substantial control over the Japanese silk trade . 

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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 accessories but today its her chic bomber jackets and upcycled gypsy vintage dresses which are creating ripples in the West.

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