ikikai impact story
ikikai’s impact story
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
When you work with people, you form a close bond with them. Their subtle nuances become crystal clear and they open up new horizons for you. This is exactly how we feel when we work with all of our partner artists and entrepreneurs!
Every beautiful piece that goes up on our site is a rare find, made with passion and love. The aim of ikikai is to curate beautiful pieces that add value to our customer’s life, but there is a flip-side to it, that we are very aware of. Each of ikikai’s partners is carefully curated too! This is where the part about “giving back” comes in. ikikai believes in healthy and mutually beneficial relationships for everyone involved.
It is because of this exact philosophy that ikikai partners with non-profits and institutions that work with a variety of individuals. We believe in reaching out to the artists hidden in the shambles of unfortunate situations and recognise their work not just as beautiful but also commercially viable.
This article consists of a list of partners that we worked with in the past couple of months to help and aid their growth. It has been absolutely heartwarming to see how much difference people can unknowingly make, especially knowing that many of our own customers have aided us in our quest towards giving back to the artists and artisans that work with us. How you may ask?...Read more
understanding minimalism with ikikai
Take a look around your home. Look at all the furniture in each room carefully. Turn your head to the portraits hanging on the wall and the objects that sit on your tabletops. Does everything need to be there? Or can you do away with it? Minimalism is just that. And a lot of homes are turning to minimalist decor as a refreshing way of living where living becomes neat, organised and clutter-free...Read more
5 tips on how to organize your home
Amid the endless piles of laundry, dishes, forgotten bills, and overdue library books, there is a house you would love to show off with pride. You don't have to live with the mess, though. There are some simple steps you can take to help you make your home into a place that is cleaned and organized.
The modern home is far bigger than the home of just 30 years ago – and far more cluttered! How can that happen? Basically, our demand for stuff is outstripping our ability to buy space. Whether you're always looking for new and ingenious ways to reorganize your space, or living that "less is more" life is your newly minted New Year's resolution, it's never a bad time to tackle the clutter in your life and reorganize your home so that it works for you and not against you.
Organizing your home is a major undertaking that can be tricky to keep up with. It's an ongoing process that requires focus, creativity, and a defined plan. These nine organizing secrets will help you get your home organized (and keep it that way).
Key to Perfect Organisation...Read More
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