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Stairway from heaven

Stairway from heaven

According to a myth of a tribe in north-eastern India, all human beings descend on earth with the help of…
Tanka-kaam

Tanka-kaam

Over a century ago, when the world was bereft of any mechanical looms, the fabrics could only be made manually…
Chained with love ~ Aarikam Kashmir

Chained with love ~ Aarikam Kashmir

As claimed by a local legend, a ‘Raffoogar’(darner) named Alibaba lived in the valley of Kashmir. He was proficient in…
Sikki

Sikki

A haat bazaar in Sitamarhi district of Bihar is abuzz with villagers, children springing around the toy seller, plundering his…
Home is where the cart is…

Home is where the cart is…

A bullock cart (Gadi) wheels through a village trail, carrying all the basic household commodities that a ‘Gadia Lohar’ (nomadic…
Painted whispers of Mithila

Painted whispers of Mithila

Janakpur is the place from where Raja Janak ruled the whole Mithila kingdom centuries ago. In Sitamarhi, a historical place…
Dabu printing

Dabu printing

The lush earth , in an embrace with fabric, sprouts beautiful patterns. And the earth had it’s playful ways, in…
Teer~Kmaan

Teer~Kmaan

It was midsummer of 1576 at Halidghati, Bhil warriors kept a close watch on Mughal army from the hills. Mewar army under the…
Calico

Calico

Indian fabrics were one of the earliest forms of woven textiles and over centuries they have touched many lives across…
I weave your name on the loom of my mind

I weave your name on the loom of my mind

जब मैं था तब हरि नहीं, अब हरि हैं मैं नाहिं। प्रेम गली अति सॉंकरी, तामें दो न समाहिं।। These lines were written by Kabir, one of the greatest poets to grace Indian mainland. The word 'Kabir'…
Monsoon’s call

Monsoon’s call

The summer sun starves most of the vegetation and renders an ochre tone to country lands; the water content of…
Trails of Indian fabrics

Trails of Indian fabrics

Following the trail of Indian fabrics through history takes us to some enticing stories in literature. Critical location of the…
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