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#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 …

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

I have a box of letters hidden in my cupboard. Crumbly papers shoved in faded envelopes, and lots of misplaced nostalgia occupy space. I have none of the letters I wrote. The art of retrievement of a letter you send to someone is akin to …

An Indigo revival in Terai

An Indigo revival in Terai

An emotional revival of Indigo whose vibrancy is as illustrious as its history In the summer of 1859, ryots or peasants in Bengal refused to grow Indigo for European planters who had imposed exploitative and oppressive conditions on them. Neel Bidroha or the Indigo revolt …