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

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….

A realist, and dark artist’s tryst with embroidery

I avoid horror films or anything dark but this embroidery art drew my cynosure because of its brightly coloured beads and threadwork. Using colours and embellishment his artworks lighten heady realism of unrest and extremism today. Presently, working on his next exhibit is the artist – Theegulla Venkanna, at Kalhath Institute, Lucknow. Founded by Lucknow Design…

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…

Sikhs- An occidental romance

It started a day before Baisakhi on 13th April ’19 and was on till 18th, for nearly a week. I was lucky to catch The Hubris Foundation’s tribute to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism at AIFACS, Delhi, on the last day. Despite the sun at its peak I excitedly trekked across the…

‘Baluchars- The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal’

What happens when you miss one of the most-sought after textile exhibitions? You order a richly illustrated book titled – ‘Baluchars- The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal’ edited by Jasleen Dhamija and published by Niyogi Books. Actually, early this year Darshan Shah of  Weaver’s Studio Resource Centre had put together a Baluchar retrospective at the National…

Bijou for everyday wear

Had actually spotted Dorothee Sausset and  her eponymous delicate jewellery label at the annual French Charity Fete at the French School in New Delhi, late last year. But waited till spring to flaunt her little blings on my pinched collar, fingers and wrists. The designer and a Kundalini yoga practitioner intents on linking our mind, body…