Monthly Archives: April 2019

Kutch textiles: embroidery, applique, quilts & patchwork

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Embroidery plays a eminent role in Kutch textiles, and Gujarat was the world's centre for commercial embroidery in the 17th century. The area was renowned for its mochi (meaning 'cobbler' in Gujarati and Hindi) embroidery maintained by the Mochis, who were originally cobblers but developed their own style of embroidery technique on [...]

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Kutch textiles: Kala Raksha centre for embroiders

Posted on April 28, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I was doing my workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya, the founder Judy Frater mentioned that she had co-founded and ran another Trust before moving to Somaiya Kala Vidya, and she said that the centre is located in a beautiful and tranquil environment just outside of Bhuj. Luckily, we did pay a [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Textiles, India, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with textiles, embroidery, India, Kutch, Indian textiles, Gujarat, Kala Raksha, Kutch textiles


Kutch textiles: Ajrakh & blockprinting in Ajrakhpur

Posted on April 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

Ajrakhpur – the land of Ajrakh
 
Before my trip to India, my knowledge on Indian textiles was minimal, yet the textiles workshop at Somaiya Kala Vidya (see my earlier post) completely opened my eyes. I did not realise that block printing is such a complex and time-consuming process, especially when only natural dyes [...]

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Bhuj: 18 years after the earthquake

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Toothpicker

Aina Mahal
 
For my first trip to India, I skipped the popular Rajasthan and opted for a 16-day textiles tour around the less touristy Gujarat, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I joined the group in Bhuj after my 5-day textiles workshop, where we spent a few days visiting the city's sights and textiles studios.
Founded [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Street life, India, Kutch and was tagged with architecture, shopping, Colonial architecture, heritage, street life, India, Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat, The Bhuj House


Natural dyeing & blockprinting workshop in Kutch, India

Posted on April 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
After my 10-day textiles workshop in Japan last year, I wanted to learn more about natural and indigo dyeing, so I did the Natural dyeing course for two terms at Morley College in London. The more I learnt about the subject, the more I realised that India had to be my [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Design, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, blockprinting, Kutch, Bandhani and was tagged with traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, India, Indian design, bandhani, block printing, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles


Eat, drink & shop in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Toothpicker

Kala Ghoda
 
Since I stayed not for from the Kala Ghoda district in Fort, I spent much of my time exploring this area, where many cool shops and interesting eateries are located.
One of the coolest shops in the area is Kultre Shop with a focus on contemporary Indian graphic design. The shop serves [...]

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Mumbai's ancient Kanheri Buddhist caves

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

The view of Mumbai's highrise from the top of the hill
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was told by my friends from Mumbai that there isn't much sightseeing to do in the city, yet it is up to the visitors to find out what this city really has to offer. And they [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Gardens & parks, Mumbai, India, Archaeology, Indian art, Buddhist art and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Mumbai, India, Kanheri caves, Cave art, park


Mumbai's art deco and modern architecture

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

Indian Merchants Chamber was designed by Master, Sathe, and Bhuta and built in 1939
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was not aware of that the city has the second largest number of art deco buildings in the world, after Miami. In 2018, the Oval Maidan precinct which showcases 94 heritage buildings in [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Mumbai, India and was tagged with architecture, walks, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, Mumbai, India


Mumbai's splendid colonial architecture

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I arrived late in the evening to Mumbai, and as the cab drove towards Fort (the older part of Mumbai), I was completely capitivated by the impressive colonial architecture out of the window. And in the following days, I spent much of my time wandering around the southern part of Mumbai, which [...]

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Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

The foot bridge to Dharavi 
 
Inequality is increasingly becoming a global issue, but it is more apparent in rich cities like Mumbai - the world's 12th richest city. According to the statistics from 2016, about 55% of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that lack the basics such [...]

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