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5 great ways to drape a saree that fits your style
Much like everything in Indian weddings, the most timeless piece of garment i.e. saree is also getting modern touches. All hail to innovative fashion designers and incredibly talented fashion stylists who are introducing us to new and versatile draping styles of sarees like never before. Bollywood divas to real brides and stylish bridesmaids, experimenting with saree has become the latest fad. And we recently witnessed some of the best saree styles that we couldn’t help sharing with you all. And oh boy, they are so damn perfect to be a head-turner at a wedding!...Read more
a look at Indian art - ceramics and pottery
Working with clay has traditionally been an integral part of Indian handicrafts — some of the relics from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa existed almost three millennia before Christ’s time. Like all other handicrafts and crafts, the tradition of pottery making in India is very old. The real beginning of Indian pottery began with the Indus Valley Civilization and the art of shaping and baking clay articles as pottery, earthenware and porcelain have continued through the ages...Read more
a look at Indian art - textiles
India has been well known for textile since very ancient times. The origin of Indian textiles can be traced to the Indus valley civilization as early as the 5th millennium BC. The people of that civilization used homespun cotton for weaving their garments and used indigo to colour their fabric. Textile has always played an important part in trade and business here in India. Rome, China and Egypt everywhere traces have been found of Indian textiles. Still, we can say India is a textile hub and it has thousands of clusters that beautifully weave and give us the most beautiful fabrics which mesmerize our eyes.
The industry is extremely varied, with hand-spun and hand-woven textiles sectors at one end of the spectrum, while the capital-intensive sophisticated mills sector on the other end. The decentralised power looms/ hosiery and knitting sector forms the largest component in the textiles sector. The close linkage of the textiles industry to agriculture (for raw materials such as cotton) and the ancient culture and traditions of the country in terms of textiles makes it unique in comparison to other industries in the country. India’s textiles industry has a capacity to produce a wide variety of products suitable for different market segments, both within India and across the world...Read more
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, didn’t know where to go shopping.”
Shopping is the one activity that can help bond millions of people across the world. Irrespective of where you live, what gender you are, what age you are - your expectations from shopping are the same: To feel good about yourself.
The special moment when something catches your eye. It’s in your favourite colour. And yes it is your size! What a find! Nothing beats the happiness of finding your perfect piece amongst many others.
Now that shopping has shifted to become more of an online thing, the online giants filled their baskets with everything they could find. For the longest of time, the recipe to success was to have every style of clothing ever made available cluttering your website. Scrolling was the new window shopping, and everyone loved gawking at the product images. But then the novelty wore off, and we were back to wanting to feel good, beautiful...even while we couldn’t touch or feel the clothes! Now that’s a HIGH ask.
The solution is simple - Curated Shopping!...Read more
ikikai celebrates creators
Mark Rothko, an American artist who described himself as an “abstract painter”, once said about art that he was not the kind of person interested in the relationship of form, colour or similars. He didn’t define himself as an abstractionist, but rather as a person interested only in expressing basic human emotions such as doom, tragedy, ecstasy and so on. This was one person’s vision of art, but what do we mean by art today? Why is defining the concept so difficult?
This article is an exploration of the meaning of art and an attempt to understand the relationship between art and artists, creators and how to support and celebrate them...Read more
Top home decor ideas for 2021
Personally, my home is my spiritual abode. A serene place I can be completely myself in. But my relationship with my home has seen quite dynamic shifts since the pandemic spread its wings on us all. Most of my waking, (and sleeping) moments have been spent inside these walls for more than 1 year. And with 2021 going the way it is, there are more similar days on their way...Read More