Kangan Arora is a textile designer and freelance photographer based in London. I chanced upon her work via facebook, and have been a fan since. Her work draws inspiration from observing the often uncelebrated facets and details of popular Indian culture to create beautiful handcrafted textiles and products for home. Kangan’s blog, where she shares her journey as a designer and quirky finds, is as delightful as her work.
Mora means ‘mine’. Ritika Mittal, the gorgeous creator of this dream, works with India’s original artisans, the rural weavers, and transforms a beautiful piece of traditional fabric into contemporary, wearable work of art. In the six yards of a sari, you can find textures, motifs, weaves and art from the remotest corners of the country. I also love how Ritika, and her partner mom Madhu, celebrate the traditional Indian expression of femininity by weaving the bindi, the jhumkas and the kajal into Mora’s storyline. I know where I am getting my next sari from! 🙂
Inkling Prints is the baby of Kiran Ravilious, a trained graphic designer staying in Leicester, UK. Inspired by her husband’s print maker grandparents, Kiran ventured into printmaking, and now creates beautiful daily use items in linen, with her original lino cut, hand printed designs. I adore her collection of cushions with botanical motifs!
Udd means ‘Fly’. With a name like that, the collection had to be fabulous! And I wasn’t wrong – bright colors, bold prints and distinctive motifs immediately drew me to Udd. Yuti Shah, the creative powerhouse behind Udd is a graphic designer by profession and an artist by heart. She chucked her full time job to create original artworks that could then be converted into happy prints on fabrics, and can be worn and appreciated by people passionate about color, art and design.
When I first saw the pictures on Ek Karkhana’s profile, I was struck by just how simple yet beautiful the designs were. Started by three friends, two from NID, Ek Karkhana means ‘a/one factory’. Inspired by travel, movies, art, Indian crafts and textiles, the Ek Karkhana team is definitely going to go places! I can’t wait for them to open their online store!
Kalyani Ganapathi, is the creative brain and hands behind the design studio – Kye. Kye means ‘hands’ (in kannada) and captures the spirit behind the designs, products and philosphy of the studio. I love the fun graphics and the vibrant colors on Kye products. Hoping that they are available for retail online soon!
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