Category Archives: Creatives+ Creative Entrepreneurs

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,…

Kantha – Running Stitch

The kantha stitch is a type of embroidery that is used by women of eastern Indian states like West Bengal, and in Bangladesh. In it’s most basic form, the running kantha stitch is used to sew together old saris and other fabric remnants to repurpose them into quilts or cloth wipes intended for household use.…

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…