* Conversation with a farmer.

                                                                                                      Recently, I was in north Karnataka on work. I had decided to visit a few khadi institutes, a ginning mill and an indigo dyer spread across 2 districts in a single day. Hence I...

* Small business - Big impact.

What is a small business? 
It differs from one region to the other, often it's about the number, just like our age (irrelevant) but always treated as insignificant and seldom looked at as coming of community. In the context of craft, it's about attitude and personal value. It's the attitude of taking the risk, innovating and having a core value of preserving local hand-making methods. Here are some of the reason why it's worth encouraging small business.  
1]Small social enterprises can contribute to the local economy by bringing people-centric growth...

* Sustainable design.

I have always been intrigued by the use of the word #sustainability in various platforms by the members of our design community. Though the word sustainable is used fashionably as a business module, its seldom taken seriously in the design process.   

So what is sustainable design? 

According to wikipedia... The intention of sustainable design is to eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful and sensitive design.It requires renewable...

* Swadeshi.

Recently i came across an article which gave a description of ' swadeshi pledge ' and this is what it said... 
" With god as my witness, I solemnly declare that from today i shall confine myself, for my personal requirements, to the use of cloth manufactured in India from Indian cotton, silk and wool and i shall altogether abstain from using foreign cloth and i shall destroy all foreign cloth in my possession "

* An ode to an unknown block maker

Printing patterns with wood blocks is the earliest , simplest and the slowest method of textile printing . The blocks have wooden handle and several small holes to release air and excess dye . Patterns are carefully carved by hand on teak wood using hammer and chisel .Before use they are soaked in oil for 10 to 15 days to soften the grains of the wood and to avoid the wood from cracking when exposed to dry condition . 

Block carving is in itself an art requiring years of practice under the master wooden...