Monsoon Garden

Those of you who have been following my artisanal journey know that most of my work is inspired by Nature and Poetry. It was a couple of months back when I decided to get this collection done keeping in mind the colors and chirping of birds in a garden on any rainy day. The title…

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Applique in India

The term appliqué is derived from French and Latin words appliquer and applicare, respectively, which both mean to join or attach. Like embroidery, it has a humble beginning. The technique was used as a way to strengthen worn areas of items or to patch holes that had formed. Early appliqué was used to length the…

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Silver Filigree

Filigree is a form of intricate metalwork used in jewellery and other small forms of metalwork. The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from Latin “filum” meaning thread and “granum” grain, in the sense of small bead. The Latin words gave filigrana in Italian which itself became filigrane in 17th-century French. It should not be confused with Ajoure jewellery…

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Ikat or Bandha of Odisha

Ikat is a dyeing technique originated from Indonesia used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. Odisha Ikat is a kind of ikat, a resist dyeing technique, originating from Indian state of Odisha, adapted from ikat in Indonesia. Also known as “Bandha of Odisha”, it is a geographically tagged product of Odisha since 2007. It is made through a…

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Banjara embroidery

India is rich in its cultural diversity and the appearance of its many ethnic groups. Even though each group is known for its traditional costume , Banjara, a semi-nomadic group stands out among them. Banjara, also known as Lambadi or Lambada are a historically nomadic trading tribe who reside in South, West & Central India…

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Warli painting

Warli is one of the oldest forms of Indian folk art and has its origins in the Warli region of Maharashtra. Despite being close to one of the largest cities in India, the Warli reject much of contemporary culture. The style of Warli painting was not recognised until the 1970s, even though the tribal style…

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Thangka

A thangka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front.  Thangka depict the sku rten, the bodily forms of enlightened beings,…

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Palm leaf craft

Palm leaf craft is a very common craft in different parts of India. Palm leaf products are eco-friendly. In Haryana, the craft of making palm leaf baskets was introduced by the women of Multani speaking Audh community. This craft became their means of supplementing their meagre earnings. Traditionally, the raw materials were the locally grown…

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Calendar 2021

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when one talks about Year 2020?It’s ‘Patience’ for me! This year has given us a chance to take a break and look back/around our lives. This Pandemic is a wake up call to stop taking this Planet Earth for granted. This year has brought us closer…

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National Handloom Day

The day is celebrated to honour the handloom community, and acknowledge their contribution towards India’s socio-economic development. The aim is to resolve to protect this heritage and to empower the workers in this sector. The 6th National Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7, 2020 across the country under the coordination of the Ministry of…

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