Category Archives: Collectivitea

Storyteller: Ambika Sambasivan of Yali Books

Who: AMBIKA SAMBASIVAN ARTIST; CO-FOUNDER, YALI BOOKS Where: ALBANY, NY The story of what you do/your journey:  I am the co-founder of Yali Books, an independent publishing venture with a focus on South Asian cultures and the artisan behind Studio Yali, our store for art and handmade collectibles. Yali Books began when my mother Kala Sambasivan,…

Devi DIY Coloring Kit And More

  Hello! So fun to share with you this DIY Lakshmi Devi – Wooden Indian Goddess Golu Kokeshi Doll Paint Coloring Kit from Studio Yali here at Collectivitea! I shared Studio Yali’s handcrafted dolls many years ago on the blog, and their creations were insanely popular! There were all kinds of dolls, from everyday men and women,…

Studio Collectivitea + Catch Up!

  Hello! It’s almost spring and it seems like we are racing through 2017! I got super busy with the administrative end of things here at Collectivitea. I am also in the middle of enrolling in a regular volunteer program because that was one of my big goals for 2017– it needs some paperwork and…

Sharing Lessons In Small Business

Hello! Can you believe it’s February already?! And we’ve begun the invariable hurtle through the holidays- Valentine’s day, St. Patricks Day and on! Thank you for the lovely response to the series of posts I wrote on creativity. This week, starting later today, I am sharing a set of 4 lessons that I’ve learnt on running a small…

Tea Time With Mari of Kakaw Designs

Kakaw Designs/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Today’s post is about an afternoon tea spent with Mari Gray of Kakaw Designs. Kakaw Designs has a store here on Collectivitea and they sell artisan-made textile products. Now, if you’ve been reading OUATT for even a short time, you know of my obsession with textiles and so, to have Mari open a Collectivitea store here…