Textures of ancient Nalanda

Nalanda was a seat of learning and one of the oldest residential universities in the ancient kingdom of Magadha, established during the Gupta dynasty in the 6th century AD. The Chinese monk Xuanzang said, ‘it was at Nalanda where an azure pool winds around the monasteries, adorned with the full-blown cups of the blue lotus,…

Uppada of the East Godavari

This work was done with the Uppada weavers of the East Godavari region of An cotton dhra Pradesh. These weavers had been working with mill made korean silk.  As one of the design interventions, khadi wefts were introduced to add a new texture to the fabric and make it more sustainable. With the use of…

The excitement of testing new blocks!

Fish/ My favorite. The print has 3 parts ( 3 Blocks) that can be used individually. Each block is carefully handcrafted to show intricate details.  

By the river Rehwa in Maheshwar

A photo account of cotton silk experiments and sampling in a historical temple setting by the river Rehwa. In a small temple town of Madhya Pradesh, the Holkar family has donated the beautiful premises around the Ahilya Temple to support and nurture the traditional talent of weaving maheshwari saris and fabrics. Most importantly they employ…

Khadi wool knits and conscious fashion. Photo by 11.11

Khadi wool fabric developments in Gujarat for 11.11 in 2013. A sustainable & conscious fashion project close to my heart Circular and linear hand machine-knit developments done in Khadi wool at a Khadi Gram Udyog, a little outside of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.  The knitting machines are mainly operated by women who are employed at the Udyog….

A month long craft-escapade in Kutch, Gujarat

A record of my fellowship with the UNBOX Festival anchored by CellDSGN from Jan 2nd until Feb 5th, 2012. I went to Kutch with a curious mind and with every new day I fell more and more in love with the passionate crafts people of kutch, their hospitality and love for sharing their stories. Our…

The philosophy of ‘repair’

The art of repairing a broken piece of ceramic with gold,silver or aluminum dust is called ‘Kintsugi’ which translates to ‘golden repair’. I found it beautiful how the Japanese find value in the wear and tear and aging process of an object.