Category Archives: Creatives+ Creative Entrepreneurs

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…

Ajrakh Exhibition: From Kutch To London

  Ajrakh block printing, a phrase that strikes a thrill in every textile lover’s heart! The word Ajrakh has many meanings and derivations, including derived from the word for ‘blue’ or ‘indigo’ in Arabic, and the phrase ‘aj-rakh’, or ‘keep it today’. This form of block printing is a complex, multistep process that traditionally involves natural, environment-friendly dyes.…

3 Instagram Accounts For Textile Lovers {Textile Tuesday}

A textile is a cloth, according to Wikipedia, that is made by weaving, knitting, knotting and a host of other methods. Textile making, and embellishing methods such as embroidery and painting have all been used to tell stories of communities, their way of life, and their beliefs and practices. Textile lovers love textiles. They travel…

Destination Unknown, Sharing Lessons In Business (& Life)

  Hello Saturday! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It’s Saturday morning here as I type this, and I am enjoying my morning cup of tea. My plans for today include hosting a birthday party for my teenager,  a long walk in the woods, and spending time with family. Quiet, but much need relaxation.…

“How Much Do You Make?” Sharing Lessons In Business (And Life)

  Welcome to the first in this series on business (and definitely, life) lessons! What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of business? To use an old-fashioned phrase, wheeling and dealing! Excitement. Maybe you think of money. Still others may think of stress or more flexible hours of work. Uncertainty of…

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…

So, What Is Creativity? Shared Lessons In Creativity

  Hello! Hope your weekend is going well! I am here to share with you the last in my short series on shared lessons in creativity. While the terms creativity, being a creative or creative living are mentioned often in connection with the arts, it isn’t restricted to the arts alone. The dictionary defines creativity as…