Re- ‘A little added, a little lost’: engineered fabrics

‘Re-’  A hand-woven translation of the theme ‘restoration’  for Akaaro, Delhi.      The collection is inspired by a personal motivation to restore or create  balance, of the past and the present, of the vernacular and the exotic that connect to create a sense of continuity and security. Beautiful natural fibres of cotton and silk in…

Bangalore-moodboarded & screen printed with love

I poured my heart into this project, because it was my last one in the lovely city of Bangalore. It involved making mood-boards, printing on paper I made from scratch, working with maps, water colours converted to screen prints and ofcourse making this summer dress! Mood boards made with loved objects that my room-mates and…

Beddings, stylised customised and comfotable

Bed Furnishings designed for Khazana, a luxury furniture store in Ahmedabad & Bombay in collaboration with Anek Taanka and Shibani Shetty. Quilting, folding and embroidery. Quilting, Embroidery and patchwork Quilting, machine embroidery, pleating Machine embroidery, Stitch lines and Quilting

Block making and printing

Block printing is another ancient craft of India, practised largely in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Intricate patterns are chiseled onto wooden blocks and stamped onto fabric using either natural or chemical pigment to ge a print in the desired colour. A pigment called ‘khadi’ is used to get an embossed or raised effect. These are some…

Mata ni Pachedi, hand painted with natural dyes

‘Mata ni Pachedi’ or ‘Behind the Mother Goddess” are hand painted mystical stories of the mother Goddess and her different forms. This art form is more than 300 years old and was originally painted on Temple walls. However, due to casteism some people were not allowed inside the temples and they started making their own…

Textile textures

Artworks and techniques for interior spaces: Machine stitched lines Ari work on a khaat with resham yarn. Hand and machine stitching, chord work, folding. Fabric manipulation: Folding, applique, handstiching, tone on tone Sewing machine quilting Pitta work

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….