Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Individuals with experience in the retail sector
interest in handloom industry
- management of production and financial systems
- customer care and servicing
- publicity and outreach
The opening offers an unique opportunity to engage with the entire retail value chain from production of fabric to value addition for garments, to outreach and sales.
Send us your details and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Paithani sarees stand out because of their intricate designs on the pallu and the border. Motifs on the pallu are generally those of peacock, lotus, mango and other designs recreated from the antique paintings of
Hand block-printed silk sarees have fast, azo free colours and are created using steam discharge print, requiring skilled workmanship. Some very old copper outline heritage blocks with very fine outlines are used for traditional designs of kutch, sanganer, kalamkari, jama-e-war and madhubani
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra works with Lambani artisans in the Bellary district of Karnataka. Lambanis or Banjaras are a nomadic, gypsy tribe and are well-known for their exquisite traditional hand-embroidery using various stitches and mirror crafts. The embroidery on the bags, purses and pouches is a fusion of pattern darning, mirror work, cross stitch, and overlaid and quilting stitches with borders of Kangura patchwork appliqué done on a base fabric which is hand-block-printed in traditional Lambani motifs. A distinctive design element is the use of local mud resistant handloom fabric, and mirrors, shells, white ornamental trims in addition to Kasuti work, a unique form of needlework native to North Karnataka.
The Kendra was established in 1988 with a basic objective to train and develop locally available skills in the arts and crafts, thereby improving the quality of life for artisans. For the last two decades the organization has successfully helped promote traditional crafts like lambani embroidery, Karnataka kasuti, cane and bamboo crafts, stone and woodcarving, and also the spinning and weaving of cotton khadi fabric.
To read more about the Kendra and its works, visit http://www.kushalakalasandur.com
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
dāram launches the Whitewater label, work of Shweta Dhariwal, an Accessory Designer trained at National Institute of Design. Whitewater made its debut in 2008 and today retails from some of the best stores in the country. Inspired by traditional patterning and garmenting techniques, her bags are a decoupage of textiles and techniques – quilting, hand embroidery, textures and patchwork. “For me, the most important thing is the attention to detail. My products are simple, understated and well finished – inside out. They are meant for people who appreciate quality workmanship”, says Shweta.
Her launch collection at dāram features a wide array of bags from casual day bags to elegant evening bags; laptop bags and sleeves, for the lady on the move. Staying true to dāram tradition, all bags are created out of handloom textiles - mashru, kalamkari, south cotton and khadi. Her aesthetics is about adding a third dimension to the fabric by exploring forms and keeping functionality at the core. Instead of following fashion norms, she relies on research and her innate sense of colour. “The idea is to seamlessly integrate the traditional with the contemporary and create fresh expressions”, she explains.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1. Chettinad sarees and natural fiber products from MRM foundation, Chennai
Kandanghi Sari from Chettinad in traditional colours of bright yellows, oranges, red and a minimal black, used in a pattern of stripes or checks with broad borders woven in coarse cotton or silk. Range of contemporary home accessories of Kottan, traditional Palmyra basketry of Chettinad decorated with beadwork. and crochet work.
- September 10 - 15
2. Silver jewellery from Lilaras, Chennai
Lilaras, exquisite handcrafted ethnic silver jewellery
- September 17 - 22
3. Home linen from Rehwa, Madhya Pradesh
A unique variety of sheer drapes, cushion covers, bed linen and table linen from subtle shades of white ,gold and silver to vibrant reds ,greens and blues in a creative mix of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.
- September 24 - 29
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF GANESH CHATURTHI
To be able to choose the most appropriate ecosensitive solution it is important that we understand the environmental impacts of Ganesh Chaturthi.
These can be summarised to be the following:
1. The water pollution caused by the immersion of Plaster of Paris idols into natural water bodies.
2. The water pollution caused by chemical paints used on these idols.
3. The waste generated by the non biodegradable accessories used during the worship.
4. Noise pollution
5. Traffic congestion
6. Increased consumerism
Amongst these the first two can be partially resolved by a shift to eco sensitive materials and practices.
For some years there has been a growing awareness about the water pollution caused by the immersion of Ganesh idols made out of Plaster of Paris (PoP), in natural water bodies such as lakes, rivers and the sea. PoP is not a naturally occurring material. Plaster of Paris is a calcium sulfate hemi-hydrate : (CaSO4, ½ H2O) derived from gypsum, a calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4 , 2 H2O), by firing this mineral at relatively low temperature and then reducing it to powder. While idols made out of naturally occurring clay (shaadu in Marathi) dissolve within hours of immersion in water, PoP idols may take anywhere between several months to years to fully dissolve. In addition, when chemical paints are used to decorate the idols, these paints contain heavy metals such as mercury and lead, which seep into the water as the idol dissolves.
In Bangalore a study done by the Central Pollution Control Board to assess the impact of immersion of Ganesh idols on the lakes revealed the following:
* Increase in the acid content in the waters.
* The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) increased by a 100%
* The Dissolved Oxygen content increased during the day due to the agitation of waters during immersion and reduced at night when organic discharge increased.
* The heavy metal content sampling showed an increase in metals such as iron which increased nearly 10 times and the content of copper in the sediments increased by 200 to 300 %.
Since the main issue around water pollution has got to do with the idol immersion ritual, several people are now suggesting a slight variation of this ritual to avoid water pollution. These include:
1. Immersing the idol in a water tank constructed by the government, instead of directly into natural water bodies.
2. Using only a natural clay idol and immersing it either in the tank or in a bucket of water at home.
3. Immersing a 'betel nut' which symbolises the idol and reusing the same idol every year.
4. If one is using a PoP idol, simply sprinkling a few drops of water on it as a symbolic immersion and donating the idol to be recycled for the following year.
To see photographs of the situation in Mumbai after immersion visit here
For more details and information
visit ecoexist here
Watch a video of the making of the idols