Archive for the ‘Indian Craft’ Category

In our daily lives, what objects do we reach out to and why – the ease of use vs the ease of care, perceived value of longevity vs the beauty of wear and tear, a juggling of price vs cost, things we save in a closet vs things we make part of our lives, Cotton […]


The Sari, six or nine yards of fabric that drapes women of any size, shape, height or region, can be worn in different ways – for work, play or to celebrate. Though still extremely popular for occasional wear, the everyday aspect of the sari where one lounges in it as one would in a pair […]


PUNARNAWA CRAFTS is committed to Odisha Crafts. Loved the simple details and the vibrant colours. Find them here.


While preserving existing traditions of craft is vital, it’s equally important to foster new ways of seeing. I first saw work by Swati Kalsi (NIFT Delhi 2002) at an exhibition by Jiyo! at Southbank, London. I spent a considerable amount of time following the myriad embroidered patterns. It was evocative even though it wasn’t a […]


Some refreshing products for children that I enjoyed seeing. Litttle Prachee Prachi Walia (NIFT) grew up travelling across India, discovering Indian textiles and now brings it all into her collection. Vintage ‘mom-crafted’ frocks, and the joy of dressing up inspired her in creating Litttle Prachee. Love the use of embroidery, Indian fabrics and the sense […]


I discovered her three years ago and it’s taken this long to convince her to share her work. Kuhelee has a delightful mind. And an intimate way of crafting things. A stray bead, left over wire, pins, scrap fabric – she sees possibilities in everything around her. And has the ability to make it look […]


Chai Paani money bank. Fitting considering the political climate. Available at Store ABD, Whitefield – Banaglore, U store, Delhi and Mumbai and online at Shopo


As visitors to grand Palaces, Temples, Mosques and Tombs, we are likely to come away more with awe than with a picture of what we have really seen. Often, details merge with a memory of the whole. Until someone points out the complexities and captures them so we can study how the place came to […]


Aarti Verma of Art Meets Fashion. Hand-painted by Aarti, bags made by Karigars. I liked these three from her hand-painted work. More of it here – Blog and facebook.


Exhibition Schedule Launch event, Thursday, September 29, 2011 (By invitation only): Woven Woolen Strands of the Desert, a lecture by Jasleen Dhamija, an authority on Asian textiles Ashoke Chatterjee, former Exceutive Director, NID and former President, Crafts Council of India Opening times: 7 days a week, 11 – 7 pm


Social networking has created opportunities for creative businesses to get in touch with their audience more intimately and immediately than ever before. It has also created a surfeit of businesses of varying quality. But many do shine through. Ek Karkhana is one such business. It caught my eye largely thanks to their non-dependence on ubiquitous […]


Applications for the YCE awards in the sectors of Design, Fashion, Interactive, Screen, Performing arts and Publishing are now open. If you are between 21 – 40 years of age, run your own enterprise in these sectors, apply by filling up a form on the YCE website. If shortlisted, you will be invited to present […]


“Seventeen year old Khatri Khalid Amin was born in Ajrakhpur, a village whose industry originates in the 4000 year old Ajrakh natural dye printing tradition. Khalid’s unique perspective as a rural designer has materialised in highly individual works, minimal and expressive representations of the landscape around him, whether it be overlaid antique block prints depicting […]


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British Council India’s Creative Economy Unit runs the Young Creative Entrepreneur Award which is conducted across sectors including design, fashion, interactive and communications (including graphic design). The aim being to reward creative entrepreneurs based in India for contribution to their respective sectors. The YCE award programme goes beyond recognising the achievements of these entrepreneurs by […]


The fine muslins of Dhaka, then Bengal, India, were famous when Babylonian and Assyrian kings ruled Western Asia. They were among the wares first brought to England and America by the old East India Company. Mulmul or Mull, as fine muslin is called in Hindi, is a very finely spun cotton yarn. It is light, […]


A graduate of the College of Art – Delhi, Runjhun is an ex-advertising creative director who doodles, styles ad shoots and loves creating, in her own words, ‘easy, quirky and honest’ designs. Her maiden collection of cushions uses dori work, chawal tanka and applique to translate her doodles onto fabric. “I was sure I didn’t […]


SPADE is a biannual journal that deliberates on architecture and design in India. Vol 1 was a treat to read as well as to look at. An absorbing, thought-provoking set of articles, extremely well-typeset, well-photographed. Written and put together by professionals in the field of architecture and design, this peer-driven journal has been so far […]


‘Arna-Jharna’ means ‘forest’ and ‘spring’. Unlike most museums where what is of value is encased inside, Arna Jharna includes the desert, its environment and its inhabitants as its exhibits. Created by the late Komal Kothari, one of India’s leading folklorists and oral historians, the Arna-Jharna Museum is an interactive learning experience linked to traditional knowledge […]


Anokhi, a brand that has worked for over 30 years to revive Rajashthan’s traditional techniques of block printing. Created by Faith Singh and J.P.`John’ Singh and now run by their son Pritam Singh, they develop products in specialised areas such as appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and bead work, which now constitutes a significant part of their […]


The Dastkar Haat Samiti organises crafts bazaars all over India. It has, over the last ten years, documented crafts and handloom textiles produced all over India, and created maps for each state. Here are a few of them. > The Maps are available for sale at the Dilli Dastkari Samiti’s shop in Khan Market, Delhi. […]



By Lotus Design. I saw this a long time ago on Ambrish’s laptop and have looked forward to featuring it since. The simple use of paper and colours brings back memories of the paper windmill sellers and makes the mela so festive.


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* This post is months overdue. Here’s to the very patient Nipa & Jonathan who I am sure had an amazing showing at Milan, and to all the wonderful people who follow Indian By Design. Purvi Sanghvi, jewelry designer and an ardent fan of Doshi Levien, introduced me to Nipa and […]


Dakshayini Gowda is a remarkable woman. And what I have here is just a thread from the ingenuous fabric she’s weaving for society. Her efforts come together in ‘Sanchali’ which she set up to work towards two ends; to create avenues for financial dependence for rural women, and to demystify history for children by creating […]


Bhavik wrote to me asking ‘how come indian designs are not reflected in our highways and the environment? Am I missing something here?’ Felt that it was time to share the idea of Jugaad or Indian improvisation that is so ubiquitous. Bijoy Jain brought it up in his interview, saying that it’s something that fascinates […]


Memories of childhood are often about simple things; streets and lanes you grew up in, friends you spent time with and the games you played. Diptanshu Roy belongs to a joint family, grew up with 15 odd cousins living in the same house. As kids, they spent hours together, playing with simple toys, and that […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Jenny’s work stems from the heart and her lamps seem to be lovingly nudged and caressed into form, the light brushing through and around it like wind. Featuring her work and thoughts.


Creative director and partner of an advertising and design agency Sunny Side Up, Somak kneads clay when he’s not doing ads. Here are a few from his collection SpasticsPlastic. I loved the way he gives each a disctinct character, in name and form; makes me wonder which came first.



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