Doug (dhug means cloud in Marathi) is a hand-crafted bracelet made by women cotton farmers in India to raise money in times of drought. It’s poetic that they’ve chosen the cloud to be a symbol of this hopeful initiative.
The packaging is a simple brown with the thought neatly laid out on the front and the bracelet displayed almost like it’s a floating cloud.
It’s easy-to-make, great to look at and can be neatly parceled off to those who want to help.
Get your Doug here.
Using the skills of India’s designers, Chindi uses the textile industries’ scrap materials to make the most pleasing products.Crochets, knots and a lot of love go into Chindi products.
This here is their market bag.
I’ve seen a lot of upcycled/recycled bags and none of them have the aesthetic balance Chindi’s products do.
Find them here.
I personally like their yoga mat bag straps.
Next time someone is off to Rajasthan and asks you what you want, here’s what you want. Handmade kajal. I love that Purvi (who gifted it to Kavita) put it into this beautiful silver box. One that, when empty, will inspire you to make your own kajal and fill it up again.
Picture & lead, via Pii friend, Kavita Rayirath.
Sharukh Zaidi of Studio SRZ has finally designed what I have always looked out for. But erm, couldn’t afford.
Either Or is this desi boutique that we all drooled over when we went to college in Pune. They have lovely, hand-picked, hand-crafted items and their bags have always been so smart. Love this one. Click here to visit their fb page.
Pure Ghee Designs have the most Indian sense of colour. Earthy tones mixed with vibrant ones that reminds you of swirly gypsy skirts. Must check out their Ajrak-print iPad sleeve too.
Indian Hippy keeps the wonderful tradition of Bollywood poster painting alive with their range of products. Featured here, Amitabh and Rekha. Cough cough.
Rainbow Bunting is a small space that does quaint handmade items. Pii particularly liked this piece. Works perfect if you are going to give your kid a cell phone :)
The products at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation are all intensely ethnic, rooted in rural handcraftedness and are all not-for-profit but for support of the women artisans in the region and keeping alive these wonderful ways of weaving and storing.
Kala Koyree iPad covers are thoughtfully and tastefully created. Bright, soft fabrics, pleasant prints and most important of them all – extra pockets.
When you’re happy and you know it, you create some really fun products!
This here from Happily Unmarried.
Undo is a range of t-shirts that tries to undo the mess we’ve made of the planet. The messages, symbols, colours and fabrics all do this. The smart thing? They’ve bundled it all into a cotton jhola. That is immensely reusable. Yay! Special thanks to Isha of Undo for writing a lovely note to Pii.