REFRESH YOUR HOME WITH SPRING DECOR TRENDS 2017

Spring!! The season of colours is here. Did you update your home with latest spring decor trends 2017??

Now, is the time for changing your home decor by infusing bright colours and beautiful designs, to give your home a refresh. To make this easy for you, we have gathered the latest spring decor trends of 2017 which will transform your home into a beautiful living space.

Be it traditional or modern, these ideas will go well with all kind of decor. Design your home timelessly with this refreshing, calm, comfortable, uncluttered, and casual eye soothing decorating style. If you wish to achieve that perfect look for your home then this post is just for you!!

So let’s start the transformation step by step!

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Paint companies have divided colours for 2017 in three palettes- Confident- Composed- and Comfortable.

For the creative, social type goes the confident palette with colours like Dusky Blues, Emerald Green and Ravishing Reds.

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If your interest is towards ethnic and love to decorate your homes in a traditional style then go for composed hues like Leaf Green, Earthy Brown, and Taupe’s. These colours are perfect for creating contemporary spaces with ethnic decor.

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Don’t worry even if you have small spaces!! The comfortable range is just made to make the smallest of space pop up. Pastel Pink, Turquoise, Lemon Yellow are in the palette for creating a bright, cheerful living space.

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THE RAVISHING WORLD OF KANTHA WORK

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India being a land of multiple cultures, religions, norms, values and beliefs has a major influence on people’s perception of an Art. Kantha work is one such beautiful embroidery art which has a great significance in handloom industry and it’s been fruitful to many artisans. So, how did Kantha work evolve over the time and what makes it so special in Indian fashion? I have a take on that.

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Best Indian Handmade Gifts That Are Hard To Get Anywhere Else In The World!!!

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India is a land of art and crafts, where each art has its uniqueness. The handicraft and handloom industry reflects best of India with its appropriate usage of resources using excellent craftsmanship, intense labour and creativity. One can clearly witness novelty of the art in variety of Indian handmade products. Every handmade gift has a story, and India has a variety of perfect gifts for everyone in your list. These handcrafted products are not only a great gift but it is hard to get them anywhere else in the world.

Here is the list of best handmade gifts you can give to your loved ones.

1. Bamboo Bags and Crafts from Assam: 

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A women’s love for bags is never ending. Each and every bag is precious and close to their heart. Handmade bags have their own unique charm. Bamboo bag is one of them; these bags are eco-friendly, hand-woven using bamboo strips and way more stylish and classy than cotton or leather bags. The art of making bamboo bags in India is immensely done in Manipur, North East India. You will find handmade bamboo products like bags, mats, baskets, jewellery boxes, home decor accessories and a lot more in this region. There is a variety of bags like handbags, slings, totes, clutches and wallets using bamboo fibre that can be gifted to your mother, wife, sisters, daughters and friends on their special occasions like birthday or anniversary and festivals too.

World famous Luxury Brand for bags GUCCI” also has special handcrafted bamboo bag designs and is promoting the bamboo craft since 1940 till date. Click here to see the process of how such luxury brands makes bamboo bags. Continue Reading

7 Mesmerizing Indian Handicrafts You Never Knew About

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Indian handicrafts are predominant part of Indian cultural roots. India is a country full of rich culture and heritage, this reflects in its art and crafts. Many Indian handicrafts like blue pottery, wooden crafts, dhokra art, block prints, kantha work, bidri work, marble art etc are commonly known worldwide.  There still exist handicrafts that are lesser known but hold back to the eons old arts of India. Following are 7 mesmerising Indian handicrafts that you never knew about.

1.Wooden Toys

Channapatna in Karnataka is known as town of wooden toys.  Craftsmen with their amazing skills make toys from wood. You might be thinking there are big industries manufacturing toys. But Channapatna has small scale industry where craftsmen make attractive and traditional toys. Some industries are so small that the work is done right outside the homes of these skilled artisans. But, the majority of them are shops where four to six people can work together.  This craft of making wooden toys is an ancient family tradition that has survived many generations. It was a decade back that the entire industry suffered a huge loss because of high demand and competition from the Chinese toy market.  It was the time that these toy designers had to shut the shop and go elsewhere in search of work for earning bread. But, when the world found that these plastic toys were toxic and not safe for children, the demand for these wooden toys raised again as they are made from wood and natural colours which is totally safe for the kids. Presently, these Channapatna wooden toys are highly demanded worldwide and have a major market place in countries like Europe and United States.

Did You Know:The Channapatna toys of Karnataka can be found in ‘White House’. YES!! Michelle Obama, during her recent trip to India was overwhelmed and very impressed with these wooden toys and bought some of them to take back to the White House as mementos. 

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My trip to Rajasthan led to CraftedIndia, says company head Vinay Jain

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“Every great thing comes from an inspiration and deep commitment.”

His trip to Rajasthan inspired him to come up with a business idea that can represent Indian art on the global platform. We usually hear of businessmen turning investor. But in the case of CraftedIndia, an e-commerce startup in the handicrafts sector, it’s the other way round. Co-founded by Vinay Jain, who was working with a family business before setting out to startup. CraftedIndia is one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in the handicraft space. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Vinay talks about the business idea, the advantages of having been an investor while starting up, co-founding a company and the road ahead for CraftedIndia. It was a great experience interviewing Mr. Vinay, knowing about his journey throughout and the ups and downs he faced while his startup business which is now a well known handicraft goods site CraftedIndia.com.

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Top 10 places In India You Should Shop From

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Below are the Top 10 places in India for shopping which you would cherish for life. If you are planning a trip to India, then you should visit the places known best for its various art culture, tradition, food culture, heritage buildings and monuments. Shopping in India is not only a great place to shop from but also budget worthy products. Being the seventh largest country with its 29 states, each having its own unique and handcrafted speciality to shop and take back home.

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Place to shop from: Colaba Causeway

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If you are in Mumbai then it’s a must to take a walk by Colaba! It is a stretch running under ancient buildings with makeshift stalls selling everything at affordable prices. This place always has the best and latest in terms of all things in fashion. Things you can find on the street of Colaba which are assured to keep you fashionable without bringing a hole in your pocket. Colaba has interesting and wide range of collections of products with latest trends and fashions. It is an experience that every tourist would love to have. Continue Reading

The Untold Story of Rajasthani Art- Phad Painting

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Phad Painting an Art Of Painting

India is a diverse country and has a wide variety of art forms, reflecting our culture and tradition. Paintings like phad paintings, tanjore paintings, warli paintings and Handicrafts like dhokra art, blue pottery art, and wooden carvings etc,  are one of the spectacular arts where you can see the talent of authentic Indian rural craftsmen and artists.

Our trip to Rajasthan was a memorable one!!!

We were visiting different shops meeting vendors and craftsmen having look at a variety of products and placing orders for them. As we do it in most our trips. But that day was a special one; we came across these beautiful Paintings hung on the walls. The colours painted were so vibrant and attractive. It was a long stretch painted like it was a story painted on the walls. After seeing such a stunning piece of art we decided to step in that very moment. By entering the store we saw an artist sitting at a side busy painting his canvas. We greeted him and went near to see what he was painting.

He was giving fine details to the painting and when asked what he was drawing he said it is a Phad painting. That’s how we met this talented artist named Sunil Somani. Mr. Somani is a trained Phad painting artist and is in this profession for 15 years.
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Know Your Handicrafts : Phad Art & Phad Painting

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Phad painting or Phad Art is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practised in Rajasthan state of India.This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colours.

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The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries. Presently, Shree Lal Joshi, Nand Kishor Joshi, Prakash Joshi and Shanti Lal Joshi are the most noted artists of the phad painting, who are known for their innovations and creativity.

Noted examples of this art are Devnarayan Ki Phad and Pabuji Ki Phad.

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Bengal Artisans Contribution For Making Durga Idols

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We all celebrate festivals with great joy and enthusiasm. We also spend a lot of money behind decoration of pandals or houses, food, clothes and other things. But all our celebrations would remain incomplete or next to impossible without the contribution of artisans for making beautiful idols of Gods and Goddesses. For us, it might be just a few days of celebration but it is the major source of earnings for the artisans. It is only because of their art that we bring huge or small beautiful idols at our home or pandals to worship them. It takes days and nights, weeks and months for an artisan to complete the making of perfect idols.

One such art of Idol making can be seen in Bengal during the time of Navratri. Bengal Artisans Contribution for making Durga Idols can be seen at Bangali Akhara near Langartoli. Splash of colours will overwhelm the visitors of Bengal when they visit Bangali Akhara. It is the house of idol-makers during Durga Puja. Continue Reading

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