Dwarka Prasad is a national award winning Kavad artist . He has been engaged in the craft since his childhood.
Kavad is a traditional craft of Rajasthan and depicts folk stories in a wooden structure . Dwaraka Prasad brings stories like Recycling,Tsunami..etc to life through his paintings in the wooden structures typical to Kavad .
Davalappa, trained in making leather products from his uncle, with whom he worked for over 10 years. After this he, along with his mentor setup several handloom weaving units in Belgaum District of Karnataka.
Daulesh enjoys teaching and training others most and now in his home town he has trained many in bullrush reed and other reed basket. Bullrush is a very sustainable raw material and is available in abundance locally.
Shri Faraz Aqeel, a national awardee for excellence in Tarkashi on wooden boxes, is from a traditional family of craft persons from Pikua district, Ghaziabad. He learnt the craft of wood carving and inlay at the age of 15 from his father. Traditionally the wood carvers catered to the block printing industry of the region,but moved to making utility products due to the decline of the hand printing textile industry.
Gul-e-Nargis is the first flower to bloom in the spring and symbolizes hope and a new beginning . Presenting the handmade crafts and arts with new innovations and designs prepared by master craftsmen from Kashmir,Gul-e-Nargis brings about the revitalization of these crafts and enthusiasm to craftsmen.
Believed to be nearly a thousand years old, the crafting of metal bells or Ghantadi in Kutchi is a traditional craft practiced by the Lohar (literally meaning blacksmiths in English) community centered in the Kutch region of Gujarat. While today, the bells have found a place in our homes as decor, historically they were tied around the cattles’ neck(s) by their owners to keep track of their whereabouts.
Our design collaborators have co-created lively copper bell wind chimes, torans and wall hangings by bringing in new eclectic, vibrant colors into the products using macrame craft. This coming together of the two crafts, materials and techniques has not only added a pop of color to the products but also gives work to the women in the village who honed their macrame skills with our designers during workshops in Nirona.
Karnataka is home to numerous sustainable, eco-friendly crafts, and Banana fibre, from Kampli region, happens to be one of the popular ones. To bring color and local customs closer to the craft, our design collaborators encouraged women to integrate a traditional practice into the banana rope craft. These women convert old sarees or fabric leftovers – known as Chindis – into beautiful doormats using crochet technique. They now weave the colorful chindis with the golden fibers to create unique accessories and home products – bags, coasters, hats, doormats, and more!
Bullrush reed is a sustainable, sturdy, natural fibre abundantly available in Karnataka. The design exchange focused on the idea of employing varied materials that compliment the materiality of the grass to breathe colour, and hence certain newness, into the otherwise natural looking grass/plant based products. Embroidery, inspired by local flora and fauna brought this new life to contemporary baskets, bags, and other accessories.