* Traceability v/s Transparency

At Metaphor Racha, we have always shared information regarding various processes of textile making, methods of printing/embroidery, the people behind our work, the economics, the piechart & the works. We blog about it on our website.

Transparency is the new green, they say. So is Metaphor Racha fully transparent? The answer is not easy.

We neither hesitate to answer any of your queries nor do we post any made-up information. On a different note, usually, the smaller brands in the craft sector are questioned & not the bigger ones or other industries!

Don't get me wrong, I agree that transparency...

* Those who taught me tailoring and life skills.

Recently, I wrote about body measurements & compared them to a saree blouse, & many of you appreciated it. Thanks.

I have no formal training in fashion or pattern making, & whatever little bit that I have learned is because of a few friends, tailors, a lot of books, several mistakes & endless practice. I continue to learn.

One such person from whom I learnt a few finer nuances of blouse cutting is Sanju, my then tailor {he passed away 13 years back due to illness :( }. I am referring to pre-MetaphorRacha days when I used to engage in...

* How to measure your blouse?

Call it Gyan, but I had to write this and get it out of my system.

The other day, I happened to notice a conversation on FB between a clothing brand with one of their customer regarding how to measure oneself and compare it to a saree blouse. I didn't dare to intervene as they were busy deciphering the difference between chest and bust, and they were all over.

In short, for women, bust measurement is the fullest part measured around the chest (Image-1). Usually, the word 'bust' is associated with women and 'çhest' for men. The measurements taken above...

* Aari Hand Embroidery.

The use of embroidery to decorate clothes has been around since man began to wear clothes. The journey began when primitive man discovered that the thread used to join pieces of fur to make clothes can also be used to make decorative patterns on the clothes. Colorful beads, stones, and bones were added to the design vocabulary later.In India, Aari embroidery has its origins dating back to the 12th century. It is believed that in the initial days, the cobblers of western India popularized using the hook-needle technique of footwear-making and embroidery...

* Sustainable Inter-dependency

I have always struggled with the word sustainability. It's way too generic and just a feel-good word that doesn't hold anyone responsible. I had decided not to write for some time, but I guess I suffer from a writers itch. So here is the story, and believe me, you are the protagonist.

Sometime back, I got to know of this weaver in the Bellary district of Karnataka and happened to meet him before the second wave. As his work interested me, I had asked him to call me back if he wishes to reciprocate. I don't pursue working...