You need to shop!
And I have some lovely new stores and designers for you
Titania Tents is the baby of two Delhi-based friends, with a shared passion for textiles and creating product that has a global appeal and a lot of potential. Charlotte Johnstone and Catherine Eve Trotman, both love to entertain and create magical spaces. Charlotte is the artist in the equation, portrait painting being her primary occupation, and Catherine has been trading in textiles and other products in India for nearly twenty years. With a strong focus on design and ease of use, the Titania primary collection comprises of tents with different themes like safari, mediterranean, rooftop etc. Each theme has a suggested colour palette, block prints, co-ordinated cushions and a playful overlay of colorful graphic imagery.
Connect with Catherine and Charlotte via their website, or Titania Tents facebook page or via this email.
Purvaai, which means ‘winds from the east’, is a multi-channel home decor marketing company, founded in early 2011 by three friends and classmates from business school in India. Tarangini, Sonali and Priya cherished the strong connections they have to their roots and decided to launch Purvaai when, by chance, all three found themselves living in the United Kingdom at the same time. Purvaai's product range at present includes decorative cushions and throws, with exquisite art-like designs that combine the best of the their vibrant origins and the elegance of contemporary design. All their products largely use locally sourced natural fabrics, handcrafted textiles and traditional embroidery techniques.
Supriya Himatsingka, an NYC mom, has recently launched Baby Baazaar, an online store that sells eco friendly, handcrafted baby toys, books and blankets made in India and Srilanka. All the products have been designed with bold, vibrant colors using traditional craft forms. The toys have passed US safety standards and are ASTM approved.
Find all these goodies on Baby Baazaar's website and connect with Supriya via Baby Baazaar's facebook page.
After graduating from NIFT in the year 2000, and having worked with leading corporate design houses, it was in 2004 that Anavila Misra launched out on her own, and in 2008 established Mora [Marketing Organisation for the Rural Artisans]. Working with rural artisans, Anavila now designs and creates unique products, like the above showcased, Botanical Series. Working with tribal women from Bihar and Jharkand, this series uses the art of patchwork, and consists of wall art where the women have reinterpreted trees more artistically, and have created the botanical designs shared by Studio Mora on fabric like linen, malkhas, kalamkaris and specially created Japanese fabric.
Look at many more examples of beautiful patchwork art on Studio Mora's facebook page.
Rashmi Sulakhe is a paper and textile artist, and Cult Art is her maiden entrepreneurial venture. She recently showcased her incredibly fine and intricate work at the Kala Ghoda festival at Mumbai, and is open to creating custom art based based on your requirements.
You can connect with Rashmi via her facebook page.
Sonali Khatti is an artist based in Dallas, TX, specializing in abstract oils and collage. She is an first generation born Indian, and creates work that bridges both Indian and American cultures. Her paintings are inspired by her travels to India, and based on her photography and memories of her time there. She also uses hand embroidered Indian textiles collected over the years in her art work. She has also been chosen to be included in the short list of finalists for the Hunting Art Prize 2012.
More of Sonali's evocative art can be found here.
Baaya Design was found by Shibani Jain in 2009, and is located at the Raghuvanshi Mills, Mumbai. Baaya (Indian weaver bird) stands for distinctive craftsmanship and design and aims to showcase the natural beauty & workmanship of Indian folk art through its products. Via its store, Baaya Design retails folk art paintings, marble and sandstone artifacts, folk art painted lamps & lighting, mirrors, trays & coasters, vases, blue pottery items, beaten copper crafts, sabai multi grass products, cane products, bastar wrought iron products cutlery and utensils made in copper, black pottery etc, wire mesh products, hand painted photo frames, pillowcases, table mats, animal figurines and many other home accessories. You could also leverage Baaya Design’s Consultancy Services for customized murals, art and interior styling ideation.
Here's a glimpse of the many products available at Baaya Design on it's facebook page
Craftsvilla is an e-store launched in 2011, focused on retail of handcrafted products from different regions of India. Craftsvilla has a vast range of products and you could spend a good amount of time looking and sifting through their collection of decor & furnishing items, jewelry and apparel. Craftsvilla recently revamped their site to become more user friendly and now also ships internationally.
Aporv means unique in Sanskrit and was launched in June 2010. Since then Aporv.com has partnered with many artisans, NGO's, and designers across India and brought their hand crafted products to an appreciative and increasing base of customers around the world. Aporv also won the Manthan Award South Asia 2010, an award that recognizes best practices in e-content and creativity.