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…

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These have just been added and if you (like me????) are a huge fan of vintage tapestries, then you should totally head on over to new store Kari By Kriti. Kriti has vintage, Banjara yokes listed in her store and they are on sale and  will not last long. What will you do with them? Let…

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I love receiving gifts that are books, and apart from fiction, books about fabrics and textiles are firm favorites! So if you know someone who loves fabrics/textiles or wants to know more about a certain type of fabric or will just enjoy looking at all the pictures of the vibrant weaves, prints and patterns that…

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We have some gorgeous Diwali decor and party ideas today courtesy of New Delhi-based designer Kareishma Sarnaa who recently hosted a Diwali party for her friends. Kareishma designs clothing and accessories for women and her products retail at many high-end stores in India and abroad. Her team has participated in the Lakme Fashion Week as well and with…

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I know you are looking forward to the marketplace. We are working on it, and testing it and it will be here soon. It’s an online market where independent sellers can open stores and sell their products to our audience. I know so many of you are waiting, to shop as well as open your own…

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Karmasuthra Jewelry is for the bold and beautiful woman who resides in all of us. Unique, unconventional and arresting. You know, the one that whispers that you can do anything you want. Yes, you can. Just believe in yourself.  It may be hard to believe, but Divya Thomas, the designer and creator behind the popular…

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Sep 30

Aarohi Singh

Aarohi Singh is a Bengaluru, India-based artist and creative powerhouse whose work has gained a devoted following of admirers and art collectors. It’s hard to choose a single reason for the acclaim that her art draws. She is exceedingly talented. She is bold in her creations, whether it’s the choice of subjects, colors, size or…

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1.I have one last post for today’s edition of Textile Tuesday! If you remember, last week I’d shared a list of exhibitions and museums that I’d like to visit. I want to add one more interesting exhibit, the Feminist Fiber Art in Boston. Unlike the others that I had mentioned, this one is a traveling…

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Here’s to another edition of Textile Tuesday! And the inspiration behind today’s post is the art of woodblock printing.  It’s an homage to the wonderful tradition of block printing but also to the spirit of the creative entrepreneur.  Enjoy!                 Woodblock prints. I must have written hundreds of…

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I have another post for Friday and it’s a beautiful one. Do you know of Chandan Dubey, a Mumbai-based blogger, photographer and creative entrepreneur? She is offering a limited-edition Tea Time Stories collection of products. They are all to do with tea- boxes to store your fragrant tea, and they are also going to be…

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It’s Textile Tuesday! I have a roundup of 5 textile museums (and some exhibitions that they are hosting) for someone who loves textiles/fabrics and the stories they represent. The inspiration behind the post? Well, you know I love gorgeous fabrics/textiles! If I’d to pick one way to relax and recharge, it would be to spend…