Friday, January 28, 2011

Ahimsa Silk

dāram presents, for the first time, Ahimsa silk from Bhagalpur, Bihar in a collection of shawls, stoles, dupattas, and rugs.

Generally, in the process of silk weaving, the pupae in the cocoons are killed by boiling, steaming and fumigating. In Ahimsa non violent silk, the pupa is allowed to complete its life cycle and when it takes wing as moth, the yarn is woven from the silk filaments entangled round the empty cocoon.

PRAACHI is an organisation that has been working in Bhagalpur in the design, production and marketing of Ahimsa silk through the efforts of its founder Varsha Rani. Bhagalpur has traditionally been famous for its silk weaving.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mangalgiri saris and hand embroidered women’s kurtas

dāram presents

an offering for Sankranthi in a range of Mangalgiri saris and hand embroidered women’s kurtas

Hand Embroidered Kurtas


This is the first time that Chikankari has been threaded into the dāram design, which is a combine of many qualities: simple, elegant, subtle and ornate.

dāram in collaboration with the Serenity group, Lucknow , has worked on these kurtas.


The tanka – the running stitch embroidery or straight stitch has been used for the dāram kurtas from Rajasthan. The tanka work has been done by Sadhna, a women’s handicraft enterprise in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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The Lambanis are nomads settled in Sandur, Karnataka. dāram’s designer has picked a few from the wide range of Lambani stitches to highlight the neckline and to detail the dāram cuts.

Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra, a group working with the Lambanis, has worked to embroider the kurtas. To know more, log on to

Saris – Mangalgiri

Mangalgiri – a town in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh – and its surrounding villages has traditionally been known for its hand woven cotton sari weaves.

On display at dāram are saris in hand dyed yarns of cross colours in which the warp colour is different from the weft colour. The variety of zari borders includes the Nizam border, the temple border, the flower border and the pattern border.