Travel

Streetscape of Fort Kochi

Posted on March 28, 2020 by Toothpicker

The famous Chinese fishing nets
 
In February, I was lucky enough to travel to Kerala before lockdowns began around the world. It was an extraordinary trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel grateful that I was able to make this trip, and I hope I can visit India again when it is [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with walks, nature, street life, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


"100 years of Bauhaus" celebration in Hong Kong

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
A hundred years ago, German architect Walter Gropius founded an art and design school in the small town of Weimar in Germany. The Bauhaus, subsequently became one of the most influential art and design educational institutions of the 20th century. Although the short-lived school only operated from 1919 to 1933, its [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Art, Design, Theatre & performance art, Modernist design, German design and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, photography, furniture, German design, Bauhaus, Modernism, ballet


"HKDA Global Design Awards 2018 Awards" Exhibition at PMQ

Posted on June 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It would be fair to say Hong Kong's design industry has come a long way in the last two decades. Once upon a time, Hong Kong design was regarded as 'copycat' with little originality and creativity. Before the handover, Hong Kong design was highly influenced by Japanese design; lacking its own identity [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Packaging, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Hong Kong design, Design, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Hong Kong design, illustrations, typography, calligraphy, product design, poster, PMQ


HK heritage: "Once lost but now found" exhibition at Oi!

Posted on June 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In the middle of a busy commercial and residential district in North Point, a Grade II historic colonial-style building surrounded by highrise looks rather out of place here. Built in 1908, this heritage building was the clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club located on Victoria Harbour’s foreshore. But the reclamation [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Architectural conservation, Typography, Hong Kong art, Colonial architecture and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, architecture, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, typography, Hong Kong art, art, Oi!, street signs


Hiking in Hong Kong: Lamma island

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Hiking is definitely one of my favourite acitivities in Hong Kong, and I would do at least one hike whatever I visit the city. Not long ago, I reconnected with an old friend in the city who is a keen hiker, and she suggested taking the ferry to Lamma Island (35 minutes [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, Food & dining, nature, sunset, beach, Lamma Island


Kutch textiles: Tangalia & Patola weaving

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After days of visiting numerous textiles artisans from different tribal communities in Kutch, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am no expert on Indian textiles, and after arriving in Kutch, I was surprised by the variety of textiles traditions being practised in just one region. From embroidery to weaving, blockprinting and natural [...]

This post was posted in Travel, weaving, Textiles, India, Kutch and was tagged with traditional crafts, textiles, weaving, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles, Indian craft, patola weave, tangalia weave


The scene behind India's cotton production

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Toothpicker

India is the world's largest producer of cotton (it surpassed China recently), while Gujarat is the largest cotton producing state in India with a production of 125 Lakh Bales. Cotton is considered not only the most important fibre crop in India but the entire world.

Cotton is the most popular cellulose fibre in [...]

This post was posted in Fashion, Travel, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Textiles, India, Pollution & environment, sustainability, Kutch and was tagged with fashion, textiles, India, sustainability, Kutch, Indian textiles, cotton


Mandvi beach & the ancient craft of shipbuilding

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I don't know if Martin Parr has ever visited the historic seaport town Mandvi in Gujarat before, but if he has, he surely would be clicking away on the beach capturing the rather surreal beach scenes. Mandvi beach faces the Arabican sea, and was extensively used by ship merchants in the 18th [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, India, Kutch and was tagged with architecture, heritage, traditional crafts, India, Kutch, craft, shipbuilding, Mandvi, beach


Durgapur: a forgotten village with stunning colonial architecture

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Before coming to India, many people (who have never been to India before) were concerned about my safety traveling in India as a female, as well as food hygiene, street beggars, the list goes on. Yet during my travel, I was incredibly impressed by the friendly people I encountered, the beautiful places [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, India, Kutch, Colonial architecture and was tagged with architecture, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, India, Kutch, Durgapur, Jain temple


Shaam E Sarhad village resort & Hodka village visit

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Unexpectedly, on the edge of the desert region lies a wonderful eco-friendly and rustic village resort owned and run by the Village Tourism Committee of Hodka village. The village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh (now Pakistan) who were cattle herders and eventually settled in [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Nature, Design, Textiles, India, Indian design, embroidery, Kutch and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, nature, embroidery, India, Indian design, Kutch, Indian textiles, Kutch textiles, Indian craft, Shaam E Sarhad village resort, Hodka


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