Andhra Pradesh/Telengana · Travel

Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

Large expanses of freshly dyed fabric spread out on the roads greeted me as I entered the dusty by lanes of the seemingly sleepy town of Pedana.  While I wanted to ask for directions to the weaving colony, the meters of cloth left to dry almost on every road, nook and corner of town made… Continue reading Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Hands that create Gods: Bronze Idol making in Swamimalai

A quiet panchayat town on the banks of River Kaveri, Swamimalai is well known for more reasons than one. Located just about five kilometres from the temple town of Kumbakonam, the town is home to the famous Swaminathaswamy Temple.  The latter is a holy temple that is one of the six most holy shrines of… Continue reading Hands that create Gods: Bronze Idol making in Swamimalai

Miscellaneous · Travel

Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

If you are a lover of all things natural and indigenous, the inimitable charm of handlooms is hard to resist.  Given India’s diversity, handlooms have been integral to our culture and heritage. From time immemorial, hand woven fabrics of our country symbolize grace, tradition and uniqueness.  A term that is generally used for a loom that is run sans electricity, handlooms… Continue reading Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

Andhra Pradesh/Telengana · Travel

Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

Having lived in Hyderabad for a major part of my life, visiting Pochampally was always on the agenda, given my undying love for handlooms and ethnic weaves. However, it was always one of those elusive trips that somehow never seemed to materialise. But the plan remained firmly harboured within me. Hence, when I visited the… Continue reading Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues