Indian jungles re-fashioned with Bengali Sholapith craft

In high summer, Edward Abbey‘s excerpt from Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast “The weather here is windy, balmy, sometimes wet. Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place, trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains. Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon…

Regenerated tweed, both light and warm

There are reasons for me to pick up the threads with this post – main ones being recycled fibres and the fashion industry being the second largest polluter in the world. It makes me happy to speak about PASHMA – an Indian label through its cashmere range is taking sustainability to another level. I had the opportunity…

An Indian collage artist at the upcoming Art Basel

One surely needs a magnifying glass to admire such panoramic works which showcase the Indian milieu in every nano or micrometer of the paper collage. Struck by the minuscule reflexes depicting the movements of a throng in Sailesh Sanghvi’s artwork I connected with him, only to know better that his artwork ‘Eternal City-Haridwar’ has made…

Nikheel Aphale’s calligraphic works

  Having studied art I too had tried learning calligraphy at some point. It is letter art related to writing. Many contemporary artists have used it for graphic design and fine art to express themselves with letters which may or may not be legible. While Typography is the art of setting type; it is typically commercial and expected to be made in…

Ethics+Aesthetics=Sustainable fashion

  Joli was initially a collaborative effort of two close friends who were also designers – Jonas and Lili. It began from the apartment they shared in New Delhi. After drawing sketches and sourcing fabric for months, the duo decided to give up their full time jobs to set it up in 2010. An urban line of…

Shaping her thoughts with clay

Seeking to unravel the alternate firing techniques with ceramic artist Shweta Mansingka, on one of the hottest days of the year, was like experiencing its high temperatures from the word go. I happily drove to a farmhouse in the outskirts of New Delhi in my dinky. Stuck in an election rally, reached my destination two hours later. Yet pleased to have made it, easily…

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…

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…

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).

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths

Many of us shy away from being called the drama queen. But what if one didn’t have to do anything, and would still get the right attention – nobody is complaining!!! I chanced upon Malleka’s brass jewellery at a recent exhibition in Lutyens Delhi; which fit the bill perfectly for a demure turned bold. It is handcrafted in…