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First the music as requested by the Chhapa founders :) Ahmedabad in many respects is a city in contrasts and contradictions. The spectacular architectural heritage set in the old quarters of the city where even today merchants and skilled craft persons live in quaint houses with carved wooden entrances that are characteristic of the pols the quarters located in the winding lanes and alleys interspersed with chowks . On the other hand the new city…

First the music . Thanks Chaitanya for letting me choose something of my choice. Hope you guys like it. ‘Paaduks’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Paadukas’ which is the name of India’s oldest, most quintessential footwear. ‘Paada’ means foot in Sanskrit and ‘Paaduks’ essentially means footwear. Jay, Jothsna and Jidnyasa are engineering graduates who set about to do something different. In 2013, Jay and Jothsna came across a news article about an American who used…

Before you start , please play Noor’s favorite music here as you check out her beautiful pictures. Noor was a writer with Conde Nast Traveller magazine for 5 enjoyable years where she  was fortunate enough to combine her two biggest passions travel and writing. . She recently ended her term there and intends to freelance as a travel writer and also produce content of her own. She loves reading, movies and is very passionate about…

Tuni Founder of Mrinmayee is a Bollywood Buff so I thought this might go well with a post Holi and Himachal vacation . Every great design begins with an even better story , this is the story of TUNI. Mrinmayee was brought up in Hyderabad, lived in Calcutta and London briefly. She studied textile design and NIFT Hyderabad, after which she went on to do a diploma in fashion management from London School of Fashion, UAL. TUNI…

First the music . I have been fascinated with the crafts of Madhya Pradesh since I got married . My extended family was living in Indore when I got married and the trips to the city would never be complete without paying a visit to the local state emporium and picking up the lovely Chanderi and Maheshwari suits and sarees. Rehwa is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1978 by Richard and Sally Holkar. Our…

I received an email from Vinayak when he heard about my Jaipur trip from a common friend. Vinayak along with his partner Rameshwari founded Cotton Rack over a year ago . They both had worked with brands like Fab India, ColorPlus etc before they decided that they wanted to reinvent Khadi garments in a more modern way. Vinayak is a lovely host and can talk for hours :) He enlightened me a bit about the state of Khadi in the…

What is it about ikat that pulls on our heart strings so much? To me it is the fact that this technique is so old and yet so now! The carefully drafted patterns of Ikat Weaving Technique with their slight abstraction remind me of blown up pixilated images. It is this and the fact that Ikat is an intelligent technique that can be super intricate like the double Ikat Patolas of Patan or absolutely simple…

I discovered Okhai by sheer luck on Facebook. Followed by a couple of conversations with Pooja from Okhai over telephone. It did not take too long for me to fall in love their products and the values and inspirations behind the brand. “The Okhamandal region of Gujarat has been home to many tribal cultures and nourished them from the very earliest periods of history. The stark monotony of the arid landscapes in this region is…

V&A museum in London is one of my favorite places on earth :) It is full of endless design goodness , creativity and tons of beauty. An when V&A decided to partner with Good Earth for the Fabric of India exhibition , there was no way that we would let our readers miss this exotic collection of Indian textiles. News Release The Fabric of India Supported by Good Earth India With thanks to Experion and…

Kanika and I met several years ago well I think it was 2010 or 11 ? I found her through her blog and discovered that she stayed in the same society as mine in Pune and invited me over to her house to show/introduce me to Anek designs :) And thats how we became friends , we both pretty much loved and cribbed about the same things. Over random morning walks we discussed life ,…