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For my BFF – an Assam Raw Silk !

Geetu and I became friends almost on day one way back in 1980 and have been best friends since. Geetu and I are a classic case of opposites attracting – I am volatile and she is all calm, I am loud and she is soft spoken, I have no creativity in any traditional arts and … Read more For my BFF – an Assam Raw Silk !

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Ghicha ? or just a beautiful Bengal Cotton ?

When Swapna visited in Dec 2018, she wanted to buy “Madhubani” paintings and dupattas that had Madhubani painting done on them. Dilli Haat, one of my favourite places in Delhi always has “Madhubani” paintings for sale, so we went there. As luck would have it, there was a handloom and handicrafts mela on and not … Read more Ghicha ? or just a beautiful Bengal Cotton ?

The first “Utkal Lakshmi” saree

For Krishnan’s birthday, he bought a gadget for himself but I wore a new saree :), each of us gifting ourselves what we love. This saree was bought from my favourite online store – Kalpavastram. Lakshmi had posted these sarees a couple of times earlier and I missed buying them every time. This time too, … Read more The first “Utkal Lakshmi” saree

The Birthday Saree – “Air India” Arani Silk Saree

I bought the saree in Jan 2017 a full two years before my 50th birthday at the Cooptex “Festive Weaves” exhibition in Gurgaon. There were two of them.. one in black and one in deep purple. I tried to like the deep purple against my natural affinity for black but then Rao Sir and Venkatesh … Read more The Birthday Saree – “Air India” Arani Silk Saree

A true “Kalam”kari..

I have always been fascinated with Kalamkari sarees, but I didn’t know someone who could source a genuine pen (kalam) Kalamkari. I bought my first Kalamkari saree at the Hyderabad airport as we went for our Cambodia trip in 2014, but that was block printed. Then I got a screen printed one which I didn’t … Read more A true “Kalam”kari..

The first Moirangphee !

On Amma’s birthday, I wore the first ever Manipuri Moirangphee saree. I had connected with the Manipuri Handloom Sarees page on FB in 2017 when I found out about the Moirangphee sarees on some saree forum. The colours were beautiful, the flower motifs were stunning and I definitely wanted one. I kept chatting with Herojit … Read more The first Moirangphee !

Book Review #1/50 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

On our way back to the airport from our reunion on Nov 24, 2018 Amit mentioned this book about de-cluttering to Vandana and I. We then spoke about our habits of keeping our places clean and I mentioned how I try and only replace sarees rather than adding to my collection. I bought the book … Read more Book Review #1/50 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

Assam Silk and Memories

Dearest Appa, You would remember that I wore my first ever saree in Shillong when I was in my 8th standard. We had the “Vishnu Sahasranamam” chanting happening at our house that day and Kalyan, Ramesh and several others who were part of the chanting group had come over and Amma had helped me wear … Read more Assam Silk and Memories

2018 Diwali Release :)

The sari that I wore for Diwali is an Assam silk (mulberry) and I bought it during our trip to Guwahati in Feb this year. Infact we spent a lot of time at ARTFED, the government store that sells authentic Assam handloom saris but nothing quite caught our attention. Then Krishnan spotted this one under … Read more 2018 Diwali Release 🙂