Moti, which means 'pearl', is a natural blend of timeless, modern style inspired by the stories, colors and textures of global cultures. The company has been founded by Aurelie Tu and Deepikaa Shiromany. Aurelie has been creating successful visions for 15 years for major brands worldwide. Her design work has garnered numerous international awards and has been displayed in exhibitions and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Deepikaa has spent over 15 years in graphic design and fashion industry in India. Together, they have built up a seamless operation which allows for streamlined production in India and broad distribution throughout Europe.
If you love Moti's products as much as I do, here's a chance to grab a few dresses from their collection! Moti is offering a 10% discount to An Indian Summer readers from Oct 10th till 17th! The code you need to use is indiansummer. Moti ships from Europe and can ship worldwide. Shop online right here!
It's raining pretty dresses at An Indian Summer! Another fabulous store, this one based out of the US, is called Jaamun (java plum). Conceptualized and run by Ruchita Bahl, the store features one of a kind dresses and stoles, all handmade by Ruchita. These cute little embroidered dresses are available to An Indian Summer readers at a 20% discount, till the end of this month! The code that you need to use is sweetjaamun. Reach out to Ruchita on Jaamun's facebook page or this email. Please note that since each dress is handmade, it will take Ruchita about a weeks time to make each of your orders.
Karrie Kaneda, a blogger and a designer recently opened her web store - Happy Habitat. She has beautiful products, inspired by Moorish and Moroccan designs. And, she is very happy to offer a fabulous 30% discount to An Indian Summer readers on her Eco Throws! Please use the code IndianSummer30 to avail the discount (till Nov 15th)
Kashmira Jhaveri, the graphic designer behind Ant Designs, loves to create unique products with a twist. Drawing inspiration from yoga and meditation, Kashmira creates personalized paper cut designs, banners and wooden gifts, and the latest in her shop - Diwali cards for the festive season. Take a look at her website here and store here.
Memories of a Butterfly
A talented designer based out of India, Sreeti Mondol, creates magic out of beads. Her creative venture, Memories of a Butterfly, designs and makes bead curtains in a flexible, modern and eclectic avatar. Each curtain, almost like a work of art, is handmade and customized as per her client's design and functional needs. Take a look at her portfolio here
Little Known Heroes
Last but definitely not the least, one of my favorite projects that is underway right now in Delhi. Manjari Sheel, one of the designers working on this project, wrote to me and shared the fascinating story of how an international team designers is working together to combine the western aesthetic of designer toys with the traditional craft skills of India to come up with a line of toys that is completely new. The result is a range of adorably lethal half-animal warriors from Indian mythology which are little known and in danger of being forgotten, taking the best from intricately detailed Indian patterns and the exaggerated Western character illustration style that gives the warriors a strong emotional connect.
You can read more about the project, the people, characters, successes and failures that the team have experienced along the way on their blog. Want one for yourself? Go get them here!
[All images: respective designers/stores]
Psst: Readers from India and in India: Hope you are enjoying the festivities of Durga Puja and Dusshera! Wish you have a beautiful time with your family and friends!