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2017 Postcard Calendar
2016 is ready to go in just few days and it was a pretty exciting year for me 🙂
I love handmade, be it jewelry ; illustrations ; bags or anything else.
During this year, I came across some brilliant artists and handmade lovers.
These people inspired me in many ways.
Today, I have a set of twelve postcards with my handmade illustrations.
Yes, it’s 2017 Postcard Calendar !
These illustrations are drawn with a black marker pen and they are ‘Open for Sale’ now.
Do write to me on ‘email@example.com’ to get one for yourself and your loved ones.
Wishing you all Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!
Woven Treasures: Textiles from the Jasleen Dhamija Collection
Jasleen Dhamija doesn’t need any introduction in the world of textiles and craft.
I came to know about her upcoming auction from our very own Sunny Narang, who himself is an inspiration for anyone who is willing to learn and absorb.
He knows her for more than 25 years and here’s what he has to say about her:
“Jasleen has a multi-textured life.
I have experienced textiles in her home , eaten cuisines from all over Central Asia and West Asia as well as Ayurveda inspired meals in her welcoming kitchen .
Jasleen is not one to suffer mediocrity and with her regal presence she can intimidate wannabe designers and textile come lately characters who fill up Delhi’s very tropical craft , design , fashion , textile fraternity !
I love her sharp wit , and her acidic tongue , her loud laughter which comes from the land of her birth , the North West Frontier Province NWFP from where come the large Pathans.”
Dhamija grew up in Abbotabad, in the North Western Frontier Province, before her family migrated to Delhi in 1940, where they lived in Khyber Pass locality of Civil Lines, Delhi, and graduated from Miranda House, University of Delhi.
She started her career in 1954, with culture and craft revivalist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay in the Government of India, and started working on craft revival, community development and women’s employment.
In the 1960s, she worked with the Handicrafts Board of India, next she started working with artisans directly in rural area, this in time lead to her work with the UN developing self-help programmes for women in war-torn Balkan countries.Over the years, she has curated several textile and crafts exhibitions. Besides several books, on crafts and textile, she has also written two cookbooks, including Joy of Vegetarian Cooking (2000). In 2007, she published a biography of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and her role in the revival of the arts and crafts in modern India.
Read here, about her book “Sacred Textiles of India”
Textiles connects the entire Asia. ‘Cotton | Wool | Silk ‘
Jasleen Dhamija’s collection is incomparable.
From the years , when weaving and embroideries use to speak their own language.
The patterns are nothing less than a fairy tale for our generation.
You can find all her vintage treasures, available for auction on
Reference : Saffronart | Sunny Narang | Wiki
Town of toys
Year 2016 is passing by on fast forward mode.
I’m occupied in multiple projects at this time and I apologize for the gap of 3 months in writing a new post.
I had been travelling, exploring new crafts and nature.
In August, I got the chance to travel down to Coorg (Karnataka).
It was the perfect monsoon season with flowers blooming everywhere.
But, this post is not about my travel diary but a famous craft from Karnataka.
Channapatna is a city, situated about 60 kms from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore state highway.
I read about this city in several books but didn’t know that we will cross the same on our ride to Coorg.
I picked up some beautiful handmade toys for myself and friends, but before that, let me tell you about this art of wooden toys from Channapatna.
The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys.
Bavas Miyan is the father of Channapatna Toy.
He is the one to sacrifice his life for channapatna toys. He adopted Japanese technology for toys making and help the local artisans improve their art.
For nearly two centuries, ivory-wood was the main wood used in the making of these toys, though rosewood and sandalwood were also occasionally used.
As of Oct 2006, more than 6,000 people in Channapatna, working in 254 home manufacturing units and 50 small factories, were engaged in the making of these toys.
The Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation (KHDC) provides assistance with marketing efforts.
Most oldest and popular manufacturing unit Bharath Art and crafts help develop innovative products.
Channapatna craftsmen are referred to as acharya and belong to the community of Chitragars.
Traditionally they made wooden masks, human and animal figures, and painted the temples around Channapatna.
From the ancient craft of turning wood by hand, the artisans progressed to working on a simple hand lathe.
The advent of power lathes enabled greater output combined with economy in the cost of production and human labour.
For colouring the wooden object with lac, a piece of solid lac is held against the surface of the finished product, while the lathe is turned at high speed. Due to the heat generated by friction, a coating of the melted lac covers the outer surface of the object.
Screw pine leaf is used as the material for buffing.
The town’s lacquering process is renowned for its mix of vegetable dyes and food-grade pigments, with natural shellac residue. The natural dyes include turmeric for yellow, indigo powder for blue, vermillion or kumkum powder for orange and red, and katha (acacia tree extract) for brown.
The Karnataka Government also constructed a Lacquerware Craft Complex, which has a manufacturing centre with about 30 turning lathe machines, at Channapatna.
Prototype designs to suit modern tastes are provided by master craftsmen from the Design Centre of the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, Bangalore.
Financial assistance has been provided by the Vishwa scheme. The Dutch government is also providing aid. Many new companies are also trying to revive interest in these toys.
The toys are protected by the Geographical Indications (GI) tag/ status under the World Trade Organisation. Not many know that one of Channapatna’s biggest customers is Microsoft, which uses the mathematical games and puzzles produced here to educate underprivileged children around the world.
Over the last 4 years, Designers, many new companies and social enterprises have been reviving the Channapatna craft to suit modern tastes.
– Mr. Atul Johri, Lucknow based craft designer
– Nishi Chauhan , Architect cum Designer from Bangalore
Check out Nishi’s beautiful collections ‘Animal Farm’, Dunk which are also the winner of Red dot design Award.
Last but not the least, here are some at my home now 🙂
Reference: Wiki | Handmade in India |Blon Campus
Return of Mogra
It’s pretty hot in the city and I am back with our favorite ‘Mogra‘ to compliment this weather.
This time with more colors and variations.
I have some pair of earrings also for you.
When I was thinking about shooting this collection, I wanted someone to wear them.
And, from there the idea of shooting unknown people on the streets clicked my mind.
Last Saturday, along with my friend and brilliant photographer Sunny Lamba, we experimented the necklace on the beautiful ladies in Khan Market.
The heat is so much in the city that we decided to shoot in the late evening.
Some refused, some were in rush and those who said Yes, I am so very thankful to them. 🙂
Here they are,
You can have the close watch to this collection, below:
This collection is also in limited stock and some going out already.
Don’t wait just invite Mogra to your accessory collection!
All you have to do is to drop an email:
Handmade with Love