In the face of the ugly truth behind the beauty industry, our country recently became the first country in South Asia to ban the testing of cosmetics, soaps and household detergents (and its ingredients) on animals. Yes, that means every cosmetic product or brand of Indian origin that you purchase would be cruelty free!
What is the big deal about cruelty-free though?
Almost every major make up brand (L’Oreal, Mac, Maybelline, Bobbi Brown and more) resting in your dresser reaches … Read Full
Upcycled fashion is a chic, easy and significant step towards reducing the humongous tonnes of waste generated by the fashion industry every year. This series of posts titled “The Jean Project” captures different DIY projects to revamp denims and up their style quotient, saving a trip to the mall for yet another pair!
Experimenting with ripped denims this week, I mend the done-to-death gaping holes in my jeans with a fun spin on an ancient Japanese embroidery technique called Sashiko… Read Full
With temperatures soaring, it’s time to create an all new summer wardrobe, replete with summer staples in light, breathe-easy and beautifully handcrafted textiles! Hand dyed cotton textiles that undergo traditional processes like mud or wax resist printing/block printing- such as batiks, indigo prints and kalamkaris- are usually incredibly soft, light and comfortable due to repeated washing involved in every stage of the handcrafted printing process.
Left, Ochre and Brown Batik – The making of a batik fabric involves spreading a … Read Full
A double ikat check pattern – this handwoven Indian textile has a wondrously precise construction technique wherein the pattern is tied and dyed at specific spots before weaving the yarns into a fabric. The skill and precision of the artisans is such that a pattern emerges at these specific spots after the yarns are interlaced into a fabric. The signature serrated pattern is a result of this handcrafted artistry (fabric sourced from Andhra Pradesh)
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Stoles are the easiest way to incorporate handcrafted textiles into your daily wardrobe if going all-the-way traditional is not your thing. A series of daily outfit details from my internship at Please Touch The Handloom Experience at Artisans’ Kalaghoda.
Wearing handcrafted and handloom textiles is so much more than just Indian-ized styling. It’s promoting and preserving a craft heritage spanning centuries, it’s empowering artisans, weavers and craftsmen from the remotest corners of the country, it’s protecting a glorious culture and … Read Full
Cleopatra-esque, bardot with a hint of rouge and some dramatic emerald… Read Full
Quick, imperfect strokes are such a release from mainstream illustration with all it’s attention to detail. Quite addictive.
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Stumbling upon a quaint little handicraft shop on the streets of Bhuj outside the resort, my friends and I had the fortune of witnessing a beautiful array of handcrafted embroidery samples spanning years of work – all belonging to an immensely talented and generous lady, Hira Baa.
Offering a glimpse of her personal samples and sharing folklore of the numerous tribes that practice embroidery in Kutch, Hira Baa described how each tribal community in Kutch retains their unique identity and … Read Full
The saree is not just a symbol of Indian-ness, but of endless possibilities!
How versatile a drape it is, molding itself to every size that a woman can be… Adding curves and skimming lines everywhere it travels round the body, sensual and practical, stylish and comfortable all at the same time.
Millennials today grew up seeing our mothers carry them off with effortless grace, I think…… Read Full