Handwoven luxury

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A talk on the handloom industry underlined the importance of working with our hands

The tiny auditorium at the Bangalore International Centre, Domlur was brimming with women dressed in their best handlooms and weaves. Some wore Western clothes, designed from Indian weaves. They sat in rapt attention and absorbed every word from Jaya Jaitly and Uzramma (Founder of the Decentralized Cotton Yarn Trust and the Malkha Marketing Trust). The duo were in the city for a talk on the handloom industry, organised by FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) — the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian... Read More

The new age of Ajrakh

Bhoomi Dani and Priyam Shah with their unique form of block printed dresses | R Satish Babu
Reposted from: The New Indian Express How do you take the age-old craft of ajrakh printing and give it a modern twist? Well, apart from saris, dupattas and dress materials for which it has been used for nearly four centuries, you use it in new and different ways in bags and boots as well as create fresh patterns and designs for a contemporary feel. Which is exactly what Bhoomi Dani and Priyam Shah of Ahmedabad-based Vraj:Bhoomi are doing. Creating concept clothing, footwear and accessories in ajrakh, the partners have been working closely with the craftsmen of Ajrakhpur in Kutch to revive... Read More


Dharwad, Fashion, Kasuti, Suket Dhir | Image Source: Verve Magazine
Reposted from: Verve Magazine Its seamless appearance has been piquing the interest of local designers since time immemorial Dharwad Dreaming “I am not big on embroidery, but I had seen some kasuti products in Delhi and realised that it was something that could be translated into menswear quite effortlessly,” says Suket Dhir, whose menswear collection won him the coveted Woolmark Prize in 2016. Made up of the words kai meaning hand and suti meaning cotton, kasuti translates to ‘the handwork of cotton thread’. Originally stemming from the Dharwad, Belgaum, Hubballi and Bijapur districts of Karnataka, the geometric embroidery is typically done by... Read More

Making the Cut

Diamond Jeweller Nirav Modi (Photo: Rachit Goswami)
Reposted from: Business Today Some Indian luxury brands are finally acquiring a global reputation. A decade ago, Leonard Lauder, Chairman of cosmetics giant Estee Lauder, while attending the Elizabeth Hurley-Arun Nayyar wedding in Jodhpur, was so enamoured by the ayurvedic beauty products of Forest Essentials that he acquired a minority stake in the company. One of India's premier hotel chains, the 1934-born Oberoi Group of Hotels, has time and again been recognised as being among the best in the world. But these have been exceptions, and until recently, few Indian luxury brands have made the global cut, having largely a reputation... Read More

From Parliament to parties

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Khadi comes into its own, with contemporary cuts, experiments in the board room, and even some ‘disobedience’ thrown in

It is ironic when a product’s selling point also becomes its disadvantage. Khadi suffered this — promoted for its ideology, as the ‘fabric of the nation’, rather than for its texture, beauty or comfort. Today, as designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rohit Bal revisit the fabric, giving it a contemporary update, the handloom is getting a glamorous makeover. The latest to join the bandwagon is Raymond, which is taking the swadeshi symbol into the... Read More

Weaving culture: Hyderabad designers and revivalists hope to popularise handloom textiles once again

Designs by Gaurang Shah | Images courtesy: Gaurang Shah
Reposted from: Firstpost In a country as diverse as ours where it is proudly said that food and cultural habits change every 200 kilometers, one aspect in the wide umbrella constituting culture is almost never spelt out loud. Handlooms, much like dosas or dialects, take on a unique form in almost every district in the country in forms as diverse as dhurries, silks and cottons. And although Indian weaves capture in them the weight and wattage of our geography and cultural ethos, today they are struggling for their very survival. Textiles find a mention in two of India’s most important texts —... Read More

The Clothing Designer Bringing Traditional Indian Crafts to the US

Reposted from: Racked Anita Dongre started Grassroot to keep handcrafted clothing alive.

Designer Anita Dongre opened her first US store, Grassroot, in July in New York City’s Soho neighborhood — and just three weeks later, back in India, she debuted a new high-end collection at Couture Week in Delhi. “It’s always busy in fashion,” she says when we speak on the phone. And while things are particularly hectic for Dongre — she runs a fashion empire, after all — what keeps her particularly active is a commitment to working with artisans from villages in... Read More


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Reposted from: Verve Magazine The fashion maven at IMG-Reliance has been at the helm of Lakmé Fashion Week for over 10 seasons and knows it like the back of his hand For those in the thick of it, the days leading up to Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) can be an endless blur with the single goal of pulling off yet another smashing show. But for Gautam Vazirani, the man who’s been at the helm for over 10 seasons now, every minute is crystal clear. He landed his role as fashion curator at IMG-Reliance after doing the rounds of PR firms and... Read More

Ten Indian architects who are harnessing traditional wisdom to build the homes of the future

Photo credit: Benny Kuriakose
Reposted from: Scroll.in In an increasingly concretised country, these men and women are going against the grain. India is in the throes of a planning frenzy and several smart cities are on the anvil. The country’s property boom, besides being hungry for sand, iron, cement and water, is quickly obliterating any nuances that existed in traditional design to address the region’s climate, environment and culture. But there is a breed of Indian architects who are going against the grain and espousing sustainability as a defining feature of their work. Choosing to turn their back on green rating systems and sustainability certifications, these... Read More

The Kutch Renaissance

Artisans from the Halepotra community working on embroidery assigned by Shrujan. | Image Courtesy: LLDC Shrujan
Reposted from: Live Mint It’s been 16 years since the Bhuj earthquake wiped out lives, livelihoods and villages. A journey through the region now reveals how it has found new life through crafts, and how tradition has become its route to modernity

When a natural calamity destroys lives and livelihoods, assets and resources, human capital and wealth, the survivors and state stare at a difficult question: What should be restored and what should be allowed to pass? Kutch in Gujarat faced this question after 26 January 2001. Kutch lives by its crafts and textiles, and with its diverse yet syncretic... Read More

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