Tag: India

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Hello! You maybe familiar with the India-based jewelry label Aaraa By Avantika. If you aren’t yet, it is my great pleasure to share with you the work of jewelry designer and maker Avantika Kumar. (This post has been months in the making, but I am a firm believer that everything has a way of coming…

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Jun 18

Kalamkari

Kalamkari is enjoying a big comeback in all the stores, fairs, exhibitions that I’ve been to on this trip to India. It’s always been popular but seems to be more so right now. Big, bold graphics, colored with vegetable dyes and available in cotton and khadi silk. Elaborate scenes from mythological stories, depictions of the…

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Hello! I am excited to share with you a home tour from the city of Chennai in southern India. The home belongs to Sunita and Yogesh, and you are going to love it because it’s decorated in a cool, contemporary style that is a perfect sanctuary from the city. A house with good bones and…

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  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.…

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Today’s home tour takes us to India’s capital city, New Delhi. The home belongs to Jasleen Singh and her family. Jasleen runs The Ketli Design Studio where she offers professional interior design and styling services. How do I describe this gorgeous home?! It’s a fabulous blend of well-edited, contemporary style, with a hint of colonial…

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Hello Monday! Our Storyteller series is gathering steam, and I am excited to share with you the creative journey of Mumbai, India based architect, Dipa Desai. There are many advantages to the internet such as  ready access to news and information. But the views and information presented is often one-dimensional. For example, we all love…

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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…

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One of the foremost pleasures of running Collectivitea is the chance to meet one creative individual after another. It’s fascinating to hear their story and I feel privileged to, in turn, share it with all of you. This latest post is about a painting called The Song of Kalindi. Kalindi is a river in northern India;…

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Good morning from a sunny California! I know you are waiting eagerly for part 2 of Seethu’s colonial chic apartment and here it is (part 1 is here). Note the neutral palette and minimalist elegance, but also the personal touches that turn a house into a home! One of my favorite things about this home…

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One of the best things about running Collectivitea is getting to know creatives doing wonderful work, and today, I want to share the story behind Soda + Stitch, a block printing organization that is based out of Australia and India. Block printing is one of those processes that captures the imagination, and once you get to…

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  Aradhana Anand runs new Delhi, India-based limón design studio dedicated to handcrafted furniture that is upholstered with traditional and contemporary textiles. It’s great to see the stately wingback upholstered in classic paisleys or a slipper chair in a striking ikat. It’s a match made in textile heaven and you wonder why we don’t see…

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After we launched Collectivitea, social media algorithms started showing me lots of accounts/ventures that had the word ‘collective’ in them and this is one algorithm change that I am grateful for because it has led me to discover organizations doing awesome work. One of them is Maggam Collective and founder Jyothi Sista shares the story…

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Happy Holi ! To celebrate the colorful festival that marks spring, the creatives  at IDAM, a print and surface design studio that specializes in contemporary lifestyle products, are giving away 2 gorgeous pillows from their latest collection: Summer Haze.  IDAM (which means ‘in the present’) offers a variety of textile designs such as tie and dye…

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You may be familiar with The Sole Sisters, a community that celebrates women’s love for their shoes as well as an eponymous company that creates gorgeous footwear. Chondamma Cariappa started The Sole Sisters blog in 2011 and shared the pictures she received from women all over the world- pictures of the different footwear they were wearing. The…