Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Summer collection

This summer, dāram introduces a wide range of garments for women in new textured Kora fabrics.

The textures, among others, include self-stripes, self-checks, khadi and slub.



Monday, March 15, 2010

the new generation of dāram patrons

dāram new range of kids' wear in cotton handlooms has received a very positive and encouraging response from our patrons of all ages...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Kanjeevaram and Tussar silks, Hand-crafted jewelry for Ugadi

March 11th - 16th

The collection would showcase Kanjeevaram silk sarees with kalamkari applique work, block printed sarees in pure Chettinad, Rasipuram cottons, pure light weight silks and silk cottons. Light weight silk sarees with Worli and Madhubani hand-paintings would also be available.

The hand – woven and hand block-printed Tussar silk sarees have fast, azo free colours and are created using steam discharge print which requires 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. Also available would be silk stoles.

The designer silver jewelry by Azia is a versatile range that redefines the existing notions around what has commonly become well-known as “Jaipur jewellery.” The line of jewelry is not about any one style or ‘look’, but about originality and versatility, offering exclusive designs for every unique woman and her moods. The Azia collection is a rare combination of tradition and innovation, simple everyday wearables to the exotic, pure sensual lines to the ornate classics, the subtle, the trendy, the ethnic and the chic.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Launching kids' wear

It is the turn of the kids now at dāram. This summer (March 5th),

dāram launches

a range of cotton handlooms collection for kids that blends traditional aesthetics with contemporary styles.

Cotton handlooms allow the skin to breathe and are soft on the body. They are the best summer fabric for kids.

The range includes garments for the new-born and boys & girls upto the age of 7 years.

The new-borns collection
Specially designed keeping the needs and comfort of the little ones in mind. This is evident in the fastening and styling of the clothes.

6-12 months
Frocks for girls and shirts for the boys

1-7 years

skirts, tops, dresses, frocks, harem pants, pyjamas, capris for girl
shirts (half & full sleeved), T-shirts, knickers and shorts for the boys

Also introducing accessories for kids that include

  • Hand knitted toys, bags and natural colour painting kits from the Kumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  • Games from Kalaraksha (Gujarat), Haathi Chaap (New Delhi)
  • Do-it-yourself craft kits (block printing, bead stringing and traditional painting forms) from Art Bunker (Kolkata)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Natural colors for holi

Celebrate this holi with natural colors. These colours are free from any chemical content and have been made by the women of the Malnad Seed Collective, Sirsi and sold by e-coexist.

Malnad-Seed-5.jpg The Rang Dulaar colours are based on turmeric, which is very good for the health of human skin. The ingredients in the colours are as follows:

Red: Turmeric, Lemon juice, Alum, Cocum
Yellow: Turmeric
Orange: Turmeric, Cocum
Green: Glyricidea, Nirgudi, Spinach, Hibiscus, Tulsi, Henna, Indigo and other local leaves
Blue: Harda (Terminalia Chebula), Indigo

Fillers: Rice flour

Since these are all food products, the colours are best used within four months of the manufacture date, after which they will degrade.
Colours are also based on recycled flowers collected during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which are seggregated, dried and powdered.
Flowers recycled
These flowers include those that are cultivated such as marigold, gerbara, rose, tuberose. Some flowers provide colour whereas others are used simply to add fragrance or volume.

Boxes 2009

Colours currently available:
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Orange

The colours help the women prisoners of the Yerawada Central Prison to earn and save money.

Holi packaging w alka

Available in packets of:
  • 250 gm (50 gm each of five colours), 100 gm (each color)

Holi boxes 2010 red

All colours are based on herbs and farm produce.

Holi packaging w alka