The Indian Anthology
A collection of the Indian yarn, designs, colours, textures, symbolism, prints, surface ornamentation. In a sense The Indian Sensibility!
Tribute to the skill of the Indian artisan. Hours of painstaking finesse. One of a kind. Must have for your wardrobe. To be handed down for generations!
An heirloom. A collectible. A rarity.
- Twist in the Tale
Original Indian weaves, fabrics , chintz, designs have been cut pasted, embroidered. Patchwork, contrast borders, mix n match embellishments are the hallmarks of most of my collection. The essence is Indian.
- Woven Yarns
The warp and weft... the skill of the artisan, stories told, threads in various colours and designs
- Tussar Narrative
Tussars have an earthy feel. The fabric breathes and can be worn in not very hot summers also. Tussar silk is considered more textured than cultivated or "mulberry" silk. It has a dull gold sheen. Down to earth!
- Silk Route
The ceremonial feel of silk, a rich man’s robes, to the drapes along the windows, silk has undergone tremendous innovations over a period of years. The queen of all fabrics!
- Cotton Index
The comfort of cotton in hot tropical climates. The Bengal Taant to the cottons of the South... India’s repertoire is incomparable!
- Gamchha Gatha
Gamchha, a thin, coarse, traditional cotton towel found in India and Bangladesh that is used to dry the body after bathing. It is most commonly found with check and striped patterns of red, orange or green. Converted into saris, yardage, a funky dress innovation. Thank you Bibi Russel!
- Embroidered Myths
Surface ornamentation with the Indian metaphor.
- Kantha Katha
Nakshi kantha, a type of embroidered quilt, is a centuries-old Bengali art tradition.The basic material used is thread and old cloth. The colourful patterns and designs that are embroidered resulted in the name "Nakshi Kantha", which was derived from the Bengali word "naksha", which refers to artistic patterns.
- Organic Basics
Go green – save the world! Sustainable Environment friendly!
- Print Profile
The rich print history of India – block, ajrak, bagru, dabu, kalamkari, batik. Fascinating!
- Shibori Story
The Japanese art of tie n dye, bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth to make magical patterns
- Batik Imprint
- Ajrakh Reprint
Aaj rakh, Kal kar... Many layers added. Indigo and crimson! Symmetry and mesh!
- Indigo Init
Blue symbolism associated with the darker shades of blue, indigo conveys trust, truthfulness, and stability. It also may have some of the authority and royalty of purple as indigo was considered a royal blue. Blue is also sadness. It is the soul of music. It is Krishna!
- Bedtime Stories
Bedlinen – Bedcovers, Dohars, Cushions – with a difference
- Homeward Bound
Knick knacks for home. Assorted trivia, useful, decorative for bespoke living
- Khadi Adi
Spinning and weaving – Full circle!
- Linen Line
Produced in Egypt, although handmade, some of the cloth was very fine and sheer –even called “woven air” – having more than 500 threads per inch, a weaving feat which is not duplicated even by modern machines. A robe of this fabric, it is said, could be drawn through a small finger ring.
- Baluchari Myths
Folk-tales, The epics, Nawabs and Sahibs - Woven qissaas!
- Gollabhama Battukama Fables
- Jewellery Journal
Semi precious, precious, silver
- Winter Archive
The nip, the chill, a crackling fire. Woollens, shawls, stoles, jackets, pullovers, quilts... Wrapped in warmth!
- Dress Code Casual
It emphasizes comfort and personal expression over presentation, formality and conformity. All the time, everywhere!
- Dress Code Formal
A party, a celebration, accessorise, flaunt and be a diva. Your inner style quotient – u wear on your sleeve literally or figuratively!
Jamdani, Baluchari, Dhakais, Tangails, Kantha, Batik, Tussar, Geecha, Matka, Qatan, Munga. Ei paar oi paar (The two banks of the) ganga with their unique characteristics
Antique hand embroidered pieces in bright exotic colours, Adaptations in Saris, Jackets, Bedspreads, Cushions, Bags
The Bhuj traditions have been translated in some exquisitely woven pieces
Patola weaves, Ghatchola, Ajrak
Phulkari is the local embroidery technique, meaning flower. Like the namesake it is fragrant with colour and simplicity. Dupattas and Salwars are what we have for now.
Kanjivarams, Chettinad cottons, the checked fabric with woven borders, paisley, peacocks, geometry, they have it all. Narayanpet, other South cottons with stunning colours and combinations.
Shawls, kilims, embroidered firans, fabrics all from the valley which Iqbal termed as jannat! In winter!
Ode to Odisha
Sambalpuri. Bomkai, Ikat with intricate woven motifs and glorious colours.
Banaras is where it all began, rich jewelled splendour and the swish of silk. A trousseau must for every Indian bride. Jamewar, brocade, tanchoi. For royalty and you
The bandhani, leheriya, kota, the colours and swirls of the desert.
Jadau, the stunning brilliance of the uncut diamond
Pochampalli( a version of Ikat) Kalamkari- handpainted mythology or just penmanship translated on fabric, Gadwals, Upadas Mind boggling!
The North East Adventure
The seven sisters, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland . A variegated patchwork quilt, the tribal fiber of life.
Tribal Fabrics, Maheswari, Chanderi legends
Paithani, Fine cottons… the nine yards. The brocade textured Khan fabric
Stunning white and gold kasavas, now with coloured editions
The Bhagalpuri Matka Silk with its rough fibrous texture, gorgeous colours and combination border and pallus. Fine etchings of the Madhubani painting, printed and painted on fabrics
The legendary Parsi garas, on silk hand embroidered with flowers, butterflies, birds, the phoenix with a very Chinese influence
The gorgeous mysore silk, Kasuti embroidery
Chamba and Kangra with their unique embroidery styles. The Kullu shawls in vibrant colours and bold patterns
Different religious beliefs and life styles mingled into one unique colourful identity. Assimilation, interdependence, acceptability. Pottery, shells, bamboo. Mario and his takeaways on the Indian whimsy. The Kunbi, Adivasi sarees!
The Lambani embroidery is an amalgam of pattern darning, mirror work, cross stitch, and overlaid and quilting stitches.
This is intrinsic to the traditional costumes of the Banjaras and their needlework technique is distinct from the Banjara communities in other parts of the country, such as in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The agile fingers of the Banjara womenfolk move delicately tracing intricate threadwork, developing varied patterns, geometric combinations and motifs; with a myriad of stitching techniques, such as the closed herringbone stitch, brick stitch, cross stitch, stem stitch, blanket stitch, running stitch and appliqué work. Stitches are encircled by mirrors, shells, beads and resist dying to create an ensemble that is kaleidoscopic and reflects a sense of gay abandon that is so characteristic of the Banjaras.