Friday, May 1
I am so happy to announce the launch of yet another fabulous new collection from Coppre, called the Water Bearers! Beautifully hand crafted, by the metal craftsmen in Tambat Ali, a small settlement in Pune, this collection is as much a decor statement as it is utilitarian. And that's not all! Traditional wellness wisdom talks of "Tamrajal" or "water ionized by copper" as having myriad health benefits. In ayurveda, water kept and had from copper vessels is known to be 'rich in antioxidants, kill bacteria, regulate thyroid, cure arthiritis, heal wounds faster, stimulate brain activity, improve digestion and beat anemia'. Phew! Something so pretty to look at and packed with such a punch! Drinking water just became way more cooler :)
The Water Bearer collection has Terracopper Jug, Terracopper Tumblr, Linear / Concave / Convex Tumblr, Bedside Carafe & Glass, Desktop Carafe and the Stepped Tray and you can shop for these and more from Coppre's repertoire right here.
~ The GiveAway ~
Coppre loves An Indian Summer readers and has gifted lovely products earlier as well to a few lucky ones. We are back with a giveaway and this time Coppre would like to gift one reader, anywhere in the world, a Desktop Carafe. This desktop carafe is beautifully finished off with handbeaten indentations of the Tambat craftsman and can be used both as antimicrobial packed drinking water vessel or as a flower vase.
~ How To Participate ~
1. Hop on to Coppre's website
2. Scroll down and sign up for their newsletter to get the the first dibs on all their exciting new launches & offers
Coppre will pick a winner from all the new subscribers who join their mailing list. The lucky (and henceforth very healthy) winner will be announced on facebook on Tuesday - May 5th!
Have a great weekend, folks!
Monday, April 27
The feel of handwoven fabric. The texture. The weft and the warp. The intricacy of design. The symmetry and also the idiosyncrasies of made-by-hand. The centuries old craft traditions that are reverently passed on from one generation of artisans to the next. The story behind each gorgeous yard of a sari. The wonder at the skill, the passion & the sheer hard work that goes in to create something so beautiful.
Oh, the love for hand woven Indian textiles - you and I, we know what that feels like!
And because we love our textiles so much, we need to do what we can to save them.
You might or might not have yet heard about the powerful emerging lobby in India that wants to repeal the Handloom Reservation Act, that has been in place since 1985 to protect traditional handloom weaves and the interests of marginalized weavers. This influential lobby is in favor of bringing in power looms which will flood the market with cheap, low quality, machine made replicas of textiles (especially saris) and take away the livelihood of thousands of weavers and their families. And of course, if this does happen, the loss of invaluable textile traditions, skill and knowledge will be inevitable and irreversible.
What You Can Do
We need to lobby against the repeal of The Handloom Act. Dastkar has started an online petition and we need to sign it and share it with as many like minded people as we can. For now, this is what we must do and support the weavers.
Please do pause, and sign the petition right now. It takes less than 10 seconds. And you are very welcome to take more time and also share your views and opinions on the petition if you like.
For more information, you can take a look at The Handloom Act and read this, and this, very well written articles.
You and I
We will help preserve & protect what we love
A request to all An Indian Summer readers
From India and everywhere else
Anyone who has been inspired by the beauty of handwoven textiles
Do Sign the petition
And share this post far and wide
I will see you again in a couple of days. Be good, my munchkins!
[Image credits mentioned on images. Creative storyboarding: An Indian Summer]
Monday, April 13
I spent the latter part of last week in the jungle. A jungle deep in the heart of India, exploring and reconnaissancing the forty four acres of forested site earmarked for an upcoming luxury wildlife lodge, with my favorite wildlife peeps & a very creative & accomplished architect. We were reminded at all times that we are in the jungle as the team of workers and onsite staff would merrily share stories of a python here and a cobra there, and then point out a lone jackal or a wild boar inspecting us, as we worked, perched high up in the tree houses. An evening jeep safari in trail of the resident tigress turned out to be quite an adventure, with us getting caught in a raging storm and a burst of rain in the thick of the jungle. With fallen trees blocking the one narrow road that led back to our site and no phone network, we crossed our fingers and off-roaded through the buffer zone, meadows and stray villages, while being treated to the most brilliant 180 degrees display of thunder and lightening against a pitch dark sky. You, my munchkins, know just how much I love a good storm, and I couldn't have asked for a better one! The hangover, from the splendid forest, the storm and from the wine that followed, remains, and my pick of the rooms reflect just that. A hint of the wild, a bit raw & rough, in tune with the nature around or bringing the nature in, strong statement in wood, iron & stone and natural fabrics.
I can't wait for the lodge and the tree houses to reach the stage where I can start sharing sneak peaks of the project with you! Another couple of months and I think we will be there. Will keep bringing back stories for you in the meantime!
[All Images: Mechant Studio]
Monday, April 6
LimeRoad.com and I go back a long way. I have featured this affordable boutique online store on An Indian Summer, been part of their campaign and hosted giveaways from them in the past. And this time, the lovely team at LimeRoad has invited me to be a part of their Style Council to curate looks and my favorites from their ever growing home decor section.
According to LimeRoad:
Style Council is a group of select few women who have created a niche for themselves. They belong to different walks of life and at LimeRoad they represent the true essence of 'Real Women Real Style'
You just have to take a look at my selection below to know that I am thrilled be part of the Style Council. I get to spend my time window shopping through their vast collection, picking products that appeal to me and using their oh-my-god-so-much-fun online scrap book tool to create looks!
The oh-my-god-so-much-fun online scrap book tool is actually that! It's not just for the Style Council members, but for everyone who signs up. You have picture postcard pretty templates and more templates at your disposal along with various other drag-and-drop features that you can use to create your scrapbooks/looks. You can share your looks, browse through what others have created, get featured by LimeRoad and also, earn shopping credits when people buy products through the scrapbooks you have created! Shopping is such a creative, fun, social exercise at LimeRoad!
And, keep a look out for more looks that I create in the coming weeks! You can view the looks and buy the products featured easily by clicking the links that are automatically shared along with look. Infact, tell me what kind of looks you would like to see, and I will be happy to curate those for you! Make sure to follow me on LimeRoad so that the new looks appear on your LimeRoad profile's newsfeed.
This should be fun, my peeps!
Let's scrapbook together!
I will see you in a day's time!
Wednesday, April 1
It's April already, my people!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record and a grandmom
Just where does time fly, man!
Ok alright, so a grandmom won't talk like that
But really! Just where, where does it go?
Allow me to brood over the swift passage of time a tad more
While I hand over these lovely rooms to you
hand mouse picked from
This chair above
Isn't it the perfect place to brood?
Here I come!
[All Images: Perfect Hideaways]
Monday, March 30
This has to be a dream. Or so I believed when I saw Shweta Mewara and Saurabh Ailawadi's latest project called Gulmohar Lane. The name is evocative of the brilliance of gulmohar trees in their full bloom on a summer afternoon, and the store, a brilliant collection of finest handcrafted sofas, coffee tables and home products. I am currently in the process of designing & styling a home in Gurgaon, a home in Goa and a wildlife lodge, and for me, it's a dream come true to find an exceptional online store like Gulmohar Lane for all my couch & sitting needs!
Gulmohar Lane takes great pride in design and hand-craftsmanship of their products. Keeping a strong sense of aesthetics as the foundation, Gulmohar Lane's products strive to use materials that are sustainably sourced, are natural and comfortable. One-of-a-kind shapes and silhouettes, used with fabrics made of natural yarns like linen and cotton and high quality material like foams, fibers and down feathers, all go in to make each furniture piece unique and beautifully functional. Gulmohar Lane strongly believes in supporting artisans, craftsmen and their crafts, and to that end, they work with a local NGO that is engaged in helping and providing education and training to the local artisans.
Taking their philosophy of high quality, aesthetics and utility online, Gulmohar Lane's online store is such a pleasure to browse through and shop at. Along with the many very well designed furniture pieces, Gulmohar Lane also offers easy customization options where you can choose the size, fabric and the fill. While it takes 4-6 months for Gulmohar Lane to go through conceptualization, research, prototyping before a product is finally passed to be made available on their website, they are committed to deliver your specific requirement within 7 to 45 days, depending on the product category. Gulmohar Lane takes care of delivery and the delivery cost, and also offers to ship samples of the fabrics to the customers so that they can get a feel of the fabrics.
The lovely couple working hard behind the scenes to bring this superb furniture to us, combine their creativity and past experiences of working with some renowned brands to Gulmohar Lane. Shweta, originally from Jodhpur - Rajasthan, is a fashion designer by education and her special interest and expertise lies in home textiles and print design. Saurabh, a NIFT graduate, has worked with many international brands. Inspired by the works of design stalwarts like Timothy Oulton, Laura Ashley and Charles & Ray Eames, Shweta and Saurabh leverage the skills of fourth generation sofa karigars (craftsmen) to design & create contemporary functional masterpieces.
Gulmohar Lane is indeed the best that has happened to the online design & furniture space in the recent times. More power to Shweta and Saurabh for following their passion and for us to reap the benefit of their vision!
Find Gulmohar Lane here:
P.S: Yes, I was in Shweta's city - Jodhpur, last week! I went scouting for various things for the wildlife lodge project (more on that soon!) and spent my days walking through miles and miles and more miles of warehouses stocked with an assortment of furniture, antiques, decor items, rugs - you name it and we waded through it. A successful work trip it was, that unexpectedly metamorphosed into me zipping through the streets of Jodhpur on a fancy Harley Davidson, and finding myself at the beautiful Bal Samand Lake Palace at a Harley Davidson Bikers Party one evening! In Jodhpur, of all the places! The last thing I would have expected! All my travel and trips these days seem to have a surprise built in and I am now bracing for the next one coming up next week! Oh, and also, I am just about done with the clean up of my instagram account and will be opening it up very soon for followers. Join me right here!