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  • June 2, 2021 Akshat Jain

    Silk for the gods – the story of Kanjivaram silk

    Mulberry silk from Karnataka, zari thread from Surat and weavers touched   by divinity! Did you know that your favourite Kanjivaram silk is a repository of myth, heritage and history? Sage Markandeya, who, aeons ago, wove tissue from lotus fibre for...

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  • March 7, 2017 Mallika Priya

    The Psychology of Colour : Red

    The colour red sits on top of the rainbow. It is thought to be the first colour perceived by babies. Red embodied the secret of life to the ancients. According to the poet Yeats, 'Red is the colour of magic...

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  • December 7, 2013 Mallika Priya

    Voluptuous Vines

    The curving beauty of creeper vines has for long inspired textile weavers across India.  From slender, leafy stems to elaborate, stylized motifs embellished with flowers and fruits, vines lend themselves wonderfully to creative expression. Besides its obvious charm, the vine...

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  • November 30, 2013 Mallika Priya

    The Resplendent Peacock

    Its long, graceful body, extravagant tail and iridescent colours have inspired poets, artists, dancers and lovers through millennia – is there another bird that quite evokes the resplendent beauty of the annapakshi, or peacock? Being the national bird of India, its...

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  • November 15, 2013 Mallika Priya

    Bordered in beauty

    The beauty and distinguishing element of a Kanjivaram often comes from its border. The type of border that one wants in the sari often dictates the choice of sari. The amount of zari, the motifs used, the space between motifs,...

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  • November 12, 2013 Mallika Priya

    The Shining Lights of Deepavali

    From the shy, serene glow of clay diyas to brilliantly exploding fireworks, Deepavali lights up our homes and the skies, a spectacular finale to India’s festive season. Tradition, myth, spirituality, and materialism all come together in a glorious mix in this most...

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  • November 9, 2013 Akshat Jain


    For centuries, the lotus has occupied a significant space in Indian thought, poetry, literature, art, and religions. Padma, as this graceful bloom is termed in Sanskrit, is rich in symbolism. It represents a fundamental principle of Hindu philosophy, that of maintaining...

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  • November 2, 2013 Mallika Priya

    Yali – the Beautiful Beast

    In the skilled hands of a Kanjivaram weaver, even the ferocious Yali, a mythical beast sculpted on Hindu temple pillars, takes on an appearance of grace and majesty! Along with other traditional motifs inspired by temple art, that we have already...

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