Ziba in Persian means beautiful , we believe everything handmade is beautiful .
and so Ziba By Hand was born.
We are storytellers
We believe the makers , craft and heritage behind handmade products are just as beautiful as the product itself. These stories need to be told, and we want to share these stories with you.
We are an online media publication platform which aims at promoting everything handmade along with sustainability in everyday lifestyle choices.
We curate small boutique designers and craftsmen who use traditional Indian craft and textile in a modern way creating sustainable fashion & decor while bringing back the rich heritage of Indian art and handloom. We are trying to explore how traditional techniques are finding expression in cross cultural contemporary aesthetic. We partner with a careful selection of designers and artisans to ensure we provide them a fair platform to help them grow their web stores as well as participate in our pop ups and events.
Over the years our online platform has presented entrepreneurial slow design studios, independent designers, sustainable design companies, ethnic art & craft clusters, artists, food artisans and art & craft businesses from all across India .
The Handmade Collective
The handmade collective is an initiative to bring together artisans and designers under one roof in a physical space. The intention of the event is to promote Indian art, handicraft, sustainable fashion and organic lifestyle choices to a discerning audience that values sustainability and artisanal design. The event is themed on Ziba By Hand’s philosophy of promoting handmade and “Made in India”.
The brands who have participated with us in past and in our upcoming events include a beautiful amalgamation of Indian crafts from the entire country .
About the founder
Hi I am Ila . I grew up in a very “academically inclined ” family in Delhi only to follow the same path – an economics graduate from SRCC, a masters in economics and with a diploma in finance from LSE – I worked in in American Express and IBM for 15 years as a statistician and marketing consultant . I love numbers & data. I also love Bob Marley , carnatic music , Rajasthan , minimalist Japanese homes, ceramics ( I learnt pottery from the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust at the time when Dutta ji used to serve the best chai) and poetry. While Ziba By Hand started because I wanted to write about Indian textiles and home decor , I took it up full time early in 2019 because well , I realised your passion can’t be a part time job.
I have met some most amazing and creative people through this platform and discover some cool new creative makers and creative souls everyday. I have also realised that creative entrepreneurs and specially small businesses run by women need a voice and a platform to find genuine customers who appreciate their work . Ziba by Hand creates that platform both online and offline. Given my line of work as a business consultant in past 15 years working with blue chip clients , I now consult numerous fashion and digital companies on marketing, growth and expansion strategies.
This year Ziba By Hand is taking the handmade collectives across various cities in India – We recently concluded a super successful event in Chandigarh. We will soon be bringing the collectives to Delhi , Kolkata and Gurgaon while continuing to share the story of everything #handmade in India through this website . If you wish to join the #handmadeinIndia movement.
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