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Anonymity and the artist: Princess Pea and the Khud Se Pooche campaign

Anonymity and the artist: Princess Pea and the Khud Se Pooche campaign

Anonymous visual and performance artist Princess Pea through her contemporary art practices brings to the forefront international issues of tradition, identity and celebrity with an underlying satire on global societal concerns. She presents to the world her alter ego in the form of a ‘living …

The survival of India’s handlooms

The survival of India’s handlooms

Designer Vaishali Shadangule’s eponymous label Vaishali S. celebrates her passion for classic Indian weaves, ever since the label’s inception in 1991. The designer became the first Indian woman to showcase at the Paris Couture Week recently. Her latest bridal collection, ‘Shakuntala’ continues her exploration of …

#DareToWearLonger with BAM’s bamboo clothing (in the muggy tropics)

#DareToWearLonger with BAM’s bamboo clothing (in the muggy tropics)

How often do you need to wash clothes in the tropics? And why should you care about wearing your clothes for longer? Can I dare to wear clothes for longer without washing? I rose up to the challenge with the UK-based BAM Bamboo Clothing in …

How to support India’s handloom industry, one stitch at a time

How to support India’s handloom industry, one stitch at a time

There are many ways you can support India’s gorgeous handloom industry. I’m sharing what I’ve done over the years, so that it can help you also fall in love with Indian textiles like i have. Explore what’s in your home Open your sister or grand …

Crafts, Culture, Camels and the Charkha

Crafts, Culture, Camels and the Charkha

Surrounded by the Thar Desert is Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan. From here comes Ashok Bishnoi, who in 2004 founded the NGO Hastshilp. Working with folk crafts, he founded The Charkha (formerly knowns as Lokashram) representing the crafts of the region and khadi products. …

Slowing Down Fashion with the Natural Palette of India

Slowing Down Fashion with the Natural Palette of India

Dr. Bosco Henriques, the Founder-Director of BioDye India, which creates natural dyes for global labels such as Rachel MacHenry and homegrown labels including Ruchika Sachdeva’s Bodice, speaks about the natural palette of India, why isn’t it easy to scale up the natural dyeing process, and …