Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter wear in pure wool at dāram

Shawls, Stoles, Jackets & Caps
Pure wool range in vegetable and chemical dyed hand weaves

Kullu Karishma
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu Karishma puts to use the arts of spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet that have been in practice since a long time in the mountains. The knitting is primarily done by women in their homes with Angora rabbit wool and Merino wool.
To know more about Kullu Karishma please log on to www.kullukarishma.com

Kumaun Grameen Udyog
An associate of the Central Himalayan Action Group, the Kumaun Grameen Udyog or KGU is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. KGU works with local artisans and producers. As with Kullu Karishma, the knitting is done by women in their homes.
To know more about Kumaun Grameen Udyog and the work they do please visit www.kilmora.in

The Chaubundi is a traditional hand block printer of the Chippa community of Rajasthan. The hand block print on the shawls is the dabu – a mud resist technique of Kaladera, Rajasthan. The traditional block designs of Kaladera have been used in the geometric and floral motifs.

Chikankari is a traditional embroidery of Lucknow. Apparently, the word chikan is a derivative of the Persian word chikin or chikeen which means a kind of embroidered fabric. To know more please refer to Chikan – A Way of Life by Ruth Chakravarthy.

Friday, December 24, 2010


On Christmas Eve, this year, dāram would like to wish all its customers and friends a warm and Merry Christmas!!!

For the season, dāram has eco sensitive ideas and gifts made form recycled material in a small collection of photo frames, jewellery boxes, pen stands, pads, runners, cloth and jute bags from

Prabhat & ecoexist

The display will be on till the New Year. There will also be more to look forward to, in this winter, till it slips by and leaves us all.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

How to Compost at Home

ram will present an innovative composting demonstration on December 25 and 26, 2010, the timings for which will be 12:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

The demonstration will be conducted by Huda Masood of Hyderabad Goes Green. The partner to Hyderabad Goes Green in home composting is Daily Dump.

Daily Dump is a waste management company that shows how household waste can be converted to useful, nutrient rich compost. Daily Dump offers composting solutions and has designed a number of simple home Composters.

Friday, October 29, 2010

This Diwali...

This Diwali, daram brings in the warmth of terracotta diyas from Kumbham
and gifts of regal home furnishings from Rehwa.

Located in Kerala, the Kumbham Society began in the year 1993 and today
has a product range of over 500 designs.The hand crafted diyas, made by the potter women, is a celebration of a traditional aesthetic, keeping the age old terracotta craft alive.

Maheshwar, a town in Madhya Pradesh has been known for its handloom weaving
since the fifth century. In a bid to revatilise the weaving industry ofMaheshwar, the Rehwa Society was founded in the year 1978.

The exclusive home linen collection has sheer drapes, cushion covers, bed linen and table linen in shades of the subtle white, gold, silver, vibrant reds, greens and blues.

The exhibition is currently on till Diwali *at* *our new location*:

at 1-10-3/1, Boorugu Vihar,
Lane next to Andhra Bank, Near Prakash Nagar,
Opp: Old Airport Lane, Behind Bottles and Chimneys
Begumpet, Hyderabad - 500 016

Friday, October 8, 2010

We have moved...

Benaras saree exhibition

dāram has moved to a new place and has stored up a dazzling celebration for dussehra!

We are now at

1-10-3/1, Boorugu Viha
Lane next to Andhra Bank, Near Prakash Nagar
Opp: Old Airport Lane, Behind Bottles & Chimney
Begumpet, Hyderabad – 500016
(Just across the road from our old location)
Tel: +91 40 27765503/ 09849023417
e-mail: daaram.da@gmail.com

To kickstart this new beginning, dāram has a shimmering drape of Benarasi weaves for Dussehra.

This exhibition of Benarasi silk saris has been crafted by weaver Zaheer Ansari who has been working on the loom since childhood. The textile industry of Benaras has ancient origins, rooted in the past. The saris woven on the indigenous looms are exquisite and resplendent, by any standard.

In the practice of his art, Zaheer Ansari has had an active interest in new ideas and has, concurrently, introduced new patterns into his weaves.

The exhibition at dāram offers a peek into the range and depth of Zaheer’s creative zeal.

Do be a part of it! The store would be open all seven days a week till Diwali.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Grand discount sale at dāram

dāram is moving on October 1st, 2010

Before the move, we are offering a special discount sale on our garments and the entire black pottery range.

  • Men’s wear – 20% and 40% off
  • Women’s wear –20%, 40% and 50% off
  • Kids’ wear – 40% off
  • Black pottery – 30% off

The sale would be on from September 16, 2010 till September 21, 2010.

The new dāram address:

1-10-3/1, Lane next to Andhra Bank, Prakash Nagar, Behind Bottles and Chimneys, Begumpet

Monday, August 23, 2010

Potli Educational Activity/Craft Kits for children

Now available at dāram
Educational Activity/Craft Kits from Kadam, Kolkata. The kits have been designed to sensitize the children to the various arts and crafts of India, in a hope that they can nurture our culture with love and pride and ensure its continuity in the years to come. These include a Hand Block Printing Kit, Bead Craft Kit, a Phad Painting Kit, and a Warli Painting Kit.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This Raksha Bandhan

On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, daram presents
a) A new range of men’s kurtas and shirts.
The collection has long and short kurtas, full and half sleeve shirts in a variety of hand woven textures including textured stripes and checks in vibrant colours

b) Gift items, bags and accessories from Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra, Sandur, Karnataka

Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra works with women of the Lambada community towards enhancing their livelihood security. The distinctive feature of their products is the well known Lambada embroidery.
Also see http://www.kushalakalasandur.com/

Monday, July 26, 2010

Chanderi sarees exhibition

dāram brings to Hyderabad a range of Chanderi sarees and co-ordinated salwar kurta sets from Sutra Handicrafts, New Delhi.

Dates: July 29 (Thursday) to August 3 (Tuesday)

The town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, is famous for this unique fabric that is a combination of silk (warp) and cotton (weft). Zari is also extensively used in these weaves that were patronised by royalty for their fragile lightness, pastel hues and intricate motifs inspired by nature and the stunning temples of the town.

Sutra Handicrafts was created by the Foundation for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Clusters with a strong belief that there is the need to support the marketing of handloom products produced by groups of artisans.

The collection being presented at daram includes the traditional woven Chanderi sarees along with handblock prints from Bagru and Sanganer in Rajasthan) and Bagh in Madhya Pradesh. The sarees are also available in Leheriya (Tie & Dye) from Rajasthan and contemporary hand batik prints from Shantiniketan, West Bengal.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On Earth Day

...cloth bags at daram

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Coming to dāram this April

8th April onwards
A RAJASTHAN SPECIAL that brings together contemporary designs and traditional techniques:

a) Kurta's embroidered in Soof and Pucca techniques by the Meghwal community, Bikaner

b) Cotton handloom sarees in vibrant handblock prints from Sanganer, Jaipur

Coming soon
A fresh summer collection of cotton sarees in new zari and thread borders from coastal Andhra Pradesh
22nd April
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Basic Cotton handloom bags to replace plastic.
A small step for the planet on World Earth Day.