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The Beginning

Extracting from Common Sense: A Social History of Natural Dyes in India- Part I

Fabrics in natural dyes have been with us since the earliest, major civilizations were around. By this time, people in Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Indus Valley civilizations were draping themselves in single piece fabric, knotted, pleated or tucked by belts. These were plain, white fabric (or in Hindi, “kora”) etched in our...

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A truly God’s own Country.

Before being in Kerala I read about it in a book called “handmade in India”. It states that white cotton sarees and other simple yet elegant craft of Kerala represents its true nature. And so I started a journey to explore the simplicity and sustainability of Kerala. Yes, Kerala indeed...

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What is handloom anyway?

Someone once had an argument with me on why in this era of technology we are sticking to handloom. It is laborious and time taking. That day i was convinced that khaadi and handloom will eventually disappear. Why people in the villages should continue doing laborious jobs while urbanites in...

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Poor man's Food

"Ponk", a very popular winter food in Surat, Gujarat, is green immature sorghum - Jowar. Jowar is an ancient, whole grain crop. It is a powerhouse in terms of nutrients and can provide vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, as well as high levels of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. It nearly...

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