Category Archives: India

Miniature Paintings Letters To The Universe, And Gratitude

Today’s ☕️#onceuponateatime A post shared by Studio Collectivitea (@collectivitea_studio) on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:59am PDT Hello! When I started the gratitude journal, my hope was that at the end of each day I would reflect on the good. The good that I may be taking for granted. More than a month into the journal,…

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.…

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.…

Home Tour: Jayashree in Illinois

Hello! I was waiting for the weather to cooperate, and for Jayashree (see part 1 of this series here, Storyteller: Jayashree Rao) to photograph and send pictures of her home. As promised, here is the tour of her family’s gorgeous, Chicago area home. Every picture will remind you that this is the home of a…

An Artist And Collector’s Dream Home In Bangalore, India (Part 1)

The dream home tour that I am sharing today belongs to a consummate collector and artist. It celebrates traditional Indian arts and crafts, and it evokes in me a nostalgia for my childhood, and for the houses of southern India. Gracious. Warm. Compelling. Exquisitely layered. The sheen of dark wood, and the gleam of gold and…

Border & Fall

It’s another edition of Textile Tuesday and today’s post is about Border and Fall, an independent website chronicling the happenings in India’s craft and fashion community. Among other things, they feature interviews with style mavens and thought leaders, as well as providing a platform for an ongoing conversation on Indian style and culture. They are…

Happy Diwali + Festivities

Happy Diwali to everyone that’s celebrating! After the excitement (and occasional overwhelm!) of the many  occasions that dot the Indian festive calendar from late July through November, Diwali arrives as a grand finale that sets off the holiday season here in the US. What a fabulous time! Apart from the religious nature of many of…