Versatility Be Thy Name!

We are suckers for deals, aren’t we? We love it when we get more than what we give. Then why do we wear one piece of clothing when it can be worn only one way?

The designers are Tadpole Store love to explore and experiment. Shaping their designs in a way they can be used as more than just one thing. And hey! That’s not only stylish but also sustainable! Who knew that one can be fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time, so easily! So let’s get started!

1. Indigo Printed Robe Top by Jayanti Goenka

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Indigo Printed Robe

Inspired from Japanese origami, this top can be worn and styled in multiple ways. It’s an indigo dyed cotton robe using tie and dye techniques like the Japanese Shibori and the Indian Bandhej. You can style it like a jacket, top, tunic, cape and more!

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2. Upcycled Silk Kantha Shrugs by House of Wandering Silk

Shrug Styled in many ways by House of Wandering Silk

Upcycled Silk Kantha Shrug Styled in many ways by House of Wandering Silk

Right when we set our eyes on these beautiful kantha shrugs, we knew it wanted to be more than just that. The easy drape creates loads of possibilities to drape them. We’ve explored its various styles here!

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3. Black Lantern Jacket by Funk for Hire

Jacket by Funk for Hire

Black Lantern Jacket by Funk for Hire

A versatile jacket which can be worn in four interesting styles. The lantern print adds a bit of fun element to the outfit. The contrast shoulder flaps, edgings and highlights, and the play with buttons make it very stylish. A 4 in 1 garment that is truly one of a kind! Wear it as a jacket, crop top or a saree blouse!

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4. Marigold Reversible Flared Dress by Ninoshka

Reversible Flared Dress by Ninoshka

Reversible Flared Dress by Ninoshka

It’s organic, natural dyed and reversible! This is the epitome of sustainable stylish clothing! Now you do not need to carry multiple clothes on your next holiday, just carry this one!

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DIY-Diwali Special

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Illuminate every corner of your space this Diwali, and bring to life the happy being  in you. Deck your home with incandescent lamps, tea-lights & lanterns and celebrate this auspicious festival that is just around the corner. Get together and drive away the darkness, and let the beauty of light play on you. Try out these very fascinating DIYs this Diwali and add spark to your home.

 

Diwali Lamp

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Paper Lanterns

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Lanterns

 

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Royalty is completely different, Royalty has a magic of its own.

Lift up your head and walk like a princess wearing your invincible crown, dawn this festive season an awe-striking  royal look. Realize your royal streak and make it more noticeable. Drape in extremely astounding Pink Kota Silk Saree with Zari Border and team it up with Handcrafted Raw Silk Paisley Pink Clutch With Gota Patti, a truly lavish accessory. Complete your look with a stunning pair of Gold Plated Sterling Silver Kundan Earrings. Cast a spell of your Royal Utopia on the onlookers.

Be loyal to the royal within!

Pink Kota Silk Saree with Zari Border

Pink Kota Silk Saree with Zari Border

 

Handcrafted Raw Silk Paisley Pink Clutch With Gota Patti

Handcrafted Raw Silk Paisley Pink Clutch With Gota Patti

 

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Kundan Earrings

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Kundan Earrings

 

DIY- Halloween Decorations

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Ghosts & Goblins, spooks galore , scary witches at your doors!

This Halloween, call your folks over and indulge in decorating your home. Try out these exciting DIYs for Halloween decoration and turn your home into the most spooky & scary place. Take a look at these easy to make Halloween decor Ideas and be a part of the fun. Get your hands working and make the best of this Halloween. Have a Spooktacular Halloween 😛 😀

Painted Pumpkin

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Flying Bats

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Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

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Style Files- Geometricity

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Familiarize yourself with brand new elements of fashion, this season let it be Geometricity. Discover rare beauty in hap hazard shapes placed together and set your own style. Unreel distinct charm in White & Black Geometric Print Crepe Long Ankle Length Side Slit Tunic With Off Shoulder Sleeves. Team it up with Handcrafted Raw Silk Geom Sequin Black Clutch With Sequins And Beads Square Earrings. Add a twist to your wardrobe with playful geometric garbs and accessories.

White & Black Geometric Print Crepe Long Ankle Length Side Slit Tunic With Off Shoulder Sleeves

White & Black Geometric Print Crepe Long Ankle Length Side Slit Tunic With Off Shoulder Sleeves

 

Handcrafted Raw Silk Geom Sequin Black Clutch With Sequins And Beads

Handcrafted Raw Silk Geom Sequin Black Clutch With Sequins And Beads

 

Square Earrings

Square Earrings

Label Launch- Keri

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The true beauty of art is not only realizing its worth but honoring the artist behind it. Keri’s ideology is to bring to limelight master craftsmen behind the indefinable art and its divine forms. This brand also focuses on making all fashion conscious customers value the undervalued skills and efforts of  artisans who are no less than a goldmine of  dexterity &designs. Learn more on this story!

Tell us a little about yourself and your beginning in the field of fashion?

My creative bend of mind and my zeal for entrepreneurship inspired me to create my own brand, Keri.  I’m lucky to be brought up in a garment manufacturer business family.  Since childhood, I have been working closely with my father and learning about the Indian fashion or apparel industry. During my teenage years, I used to design and sell school and college T shirts and Sweatshirts.  After pursuing my graduation from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University and MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, I started working as a Consultant at an MNC.  However, I was focused to fulfill my dream of creating my own brand and give an offering to fashion conscious customer which makes them feel good about themselves and  when someone appreciates their Keri outfit by saying ” Hey that’s a really beautiful Sari or Dupatta,  I wish I had that in my wardrobe”

Co-founder- Keri

Co-founder- Keri

 What is the concept behind your label ‘Keri’ and when did you start?

Keri-Keri is only 2 months old. With the advancement of technology in garment industry and demand for higher production output rates, the market for handmade garments is suffering. However there are still a lot of skilled artisans and weavers hidden in small cities and villages of our country who are proud of their handmade work and teach their next generation the skill to carry forward their family legacy. The efforts of these artisans need to be given an identity, a name and that’s when Keri was born. Keri is the name of these skilled Indian artisans and untapped designers efforts.

The idea behind the brand name Keri- Keri is unripe mango. Why mango because it’s the most loved fruit. Why unripe- these artisans are goldmine of skills and designs whose efforts are not valued.

Keri’s ideology is to make this unripe mango (undervalued skills and efforts of handmade garments artisans) to be the most loved and desired for all fashion conscious customers in all seasons.

Teamwork Keri

Teamwork Keri

  Who all are in your team?

My team comprises of pattern-maker, weavers, dyers, printers and tailors who all are experts in their respective fields. The assortment of designs is mutually decided by my family and me.

Pattern Maker - Keri

Pattern Maker – Keri

How did you conceptualize the current collection of yours? Anything special about it?

 My current collection is focused more on Shibori technique. I researched quite a bit online and offline about what people are buying and what kind of products are available in the market for Shibori . Most of the designs were very similar and were faux Shibori prints. It’s very difficult to find a Shibori collection which is made using authentic Shibori technique and this technique is a hidden gem in the industry.  We therefore decided to highlight this technique and added a twist to Shibori style by adding geometrical and nature inspired elements to the designs.

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Keri

Do you have any favorites in this collection?

I have 12 designs in my current collection and all of them are my favorites as they are curated by me and my team after months of hard work.

 What do you think about Tadpole Store?

I would like to thank Tadpolestore for believing in Keri and the people behind Keri. I believe that if you have a good product to sell; people will appreciate it, value it and buy it. That’s when the story of Keri on Tadpole store began.  The team identified the USP of Keri, guided in onboarding and planning the launch and is doing its best to promote Keri across marketing channels.Keri wishes good luck to Tadpolestore for its future endeavors and would love to showcase many more collections in the future on Tadpole store.

Shop exclusive designs showcased by  Keri at Tadpolestore.com

Shibori Indigo Blue and Green Tussar Silk Saree With All Over Chevron

Shibori Indigo Blue and Green Tussar Silk Saree With All Over Chevron

All Over Spearhead Motif Shibori Pink and Green Chanderi Saree

All Over Spearhead Motif Shibori Pink and Green Chanderi Saree

All Over Stripe Shibori Pink and Golden Chanderi Saree

All Over Stripe Shibori Pink and Golden Chanderi Saree

 

 

DIY- Painted Sneakers

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Get your paint brush working this season and indulge in extremely fun DIYs. Take out old sneakers from your closet and paint them new. All you need is a paint brush, colored spray and your favorite pattern. Personalize your shoes and bring out your artistic instincts. These DIYs are the most engaging for both adults & kids.

Slip in your painted Toms & Dance around !

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Jamadani, Queen Of The Delicate Muslin

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In the humble bamboo huts set admist the lush green fields this intricate art is ceaselessly practiced. As you approach this place you can listen to the steady rhythmic sound of the looms. The centuries old Jamdani weave is the most fabled craft worth unfurling.

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Over 2,000 Years Old Artform

The accounts of Greek & Roman storytellers hold testimony to this peerless craft, which was the most priced article among the traders.  Also known as the “Gangetic muslin”, the origin of Jamdani can be traced back to over 2,000 years. The earliest mention of this ancient weaving technique was found in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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“Jama” and “Dana”

According to popular belief, the word Jamadani is of Persian origin derived from “jama” cloth and “dana “woven motif”. A lot of patience, time & efforts are needed to create this work of art on the looms. The work of Jamadani weave is very labor intensive thus involves community of artisans, often the family of the weavers. Jamadani weavers usually create motifs inspired by the beauty of nature and abstract designs that possesses geometric sensibility.

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Technique Used

The best quality Jamadani is produced with locally grown, finest cotton. It is always woven in the monsoon season, i.e. between the months of June to October.  In these months the air remains humid, and the presence of moisture prevents the fine threads from becoming brittle and breaking. Large varieties of threads are dyed in variety of hues. The colored threads are then soaked overnight in rice water starch in order to strengthen and soften them.As the threads become softer and stronger, this allows women to wind them easily onto bobbins.

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This task is usually carried out in the early morning hours, between 4 am to 9 am as the increasing heat dries the threads making them too hard to handle. The wound bobbins are sent to other craftsmen, who prepare the wrap on a beam. Once the wrap is ready, it is further sent to the weavers, who set the wrap on the loom. The weavers place the drawings under the wrap as a guide. Finally the colored threads are carefully inserted and hand tied into the fine weft to create patterns on the plain weave. This is how the captivating Jamdani weave comes to life.

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Did you know?

  • Kautilya’s Arthashashtra, a book on economics, is thought to be the earliest account of the origin of  Jamdani and its development.
  • The manuscripts of the Arab, Chinese and European traders wax lyrical over the sheer delicacy of this fabric. “The fabric is so delicate that a piece ten yards long and one yard wide could pass through a wedding band,” is how one connoisseur described Jamdani muslin.
  • Abul Fazal, in Ain-i-Akbari divulges that Emperor Akbar was a great benefactor of Jamadani .
  • The textile woven for the crowned heads was dubbed Mulmal Khas and the governing agents labeled it with poetic names such as Aab-i-rawan, Sharbati and Shabnam.
  • The Empress Nurjehan, too, was a patron of this diaphanous and feather-light textile.
  • The austere Aurangzeb was also said to be incredibly fond of muslin.
  • It is said that annually about Rs 100,000 worth of Mulmul Khas was presented to the Mughal royalty.
  • According to the writings of James Wise, Dhaka trade in muslin was at its zenith in 1787, and muslin worth five million rupees was exported to Europe, most of which was Jamdani muslin.
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Though the time has passed, yet the beauty of this diaphanous fabric still lingers in the hearts and minds of the lovers of this incredible craft. Jamadani, the queen of the delicate muslin of Dhaka, has timeless fables of its own.

 Shop exclusive Jamdani designs at Tadpolestore 

White Handwoven Khadi Cotton Saree

White Handwoven Khadi Cotton Saree

Khadi Handwoven White And Grey Stole With Stripes And Motifs

Khadi Handwoven White And Grey Stole With Stripes And Motifs

Khadi Handwoven White Stole With Purple & Yellow Motifs

Khadi Handwoven White Stole With Purple & Yellow Motifs

 

Label Launch- Diti Vora

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Nature never goes out of style, look deep into it and feel inspired. Diti Vora is truly inspired by nature and the art of living. It features an amalgamation of bold &

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unusual color harmonies and simplified versions of nature’s beauty. Learn more on this story!

Tell us a little about yourself and your beginning in the field of design?

I am lucky enough to have a profession in textiles which is also my passion since childhood. After graduating from NIFT, I went to London to pursue my masters in textiles. Soon after I decided to start my label ” DitiVora. FineLiving” and came a step closer in achieving my lifelong dream of making homes beautiful. My label is a mixture of modern and traditional style with each collection inspired by the spirit of the art of living associated with ancient styles of French, English and Indian textiles yet re-interpreted to contemporary taste. Luxurious fabrics are instantly recognizable by bold and unusual color harmonies, in company with vibrant shades.

 

Diti Vora Collection inspired by ancient English Style

Diti Vora Collection inspired by ancient English Style

What is the concept behind your label ‘Diti Vora’ and when did you start?

I started the label in August 2014 with my fathers support. He is a ready-made garments businessman and has provided me guidance and support throughout. The brand mainly provides digitally printed and embroidered cushion covers on fine linen mix fabric. Few fabrics are sourced from different parts of the country and the rest are designed and manufactured by me.

Pastel Charm Cushion Covers

Pastel Charm Cushion Covers

How did you conceptualize the current collection of yours? Anything special about it?

Nature has always been a lifelong inspiration for me. Its colors, imperfection and its beauty has never ceased to amaze me. Most of my collections are a simplified version of trees and flowers. I am also very particular about the colors I use. My love for bright shades and unusual harmonies define my collections. Each product is made with love, involving an intense thought process that goes on before the final product is ready. Its not only the end result that makes me happy, but also the entire process which I and my team goes through till we reach there. I start each of my day with an urge to learn something new and always thrive to come up with new product ideas.

Watercolor & Brushwork

Watercolor & Brushwork

Do you have any favorites in this collection?

My personal favorites are the watercolor lookalike cushion covers. They bring beauty in our homes, which we can admire at all times.

What do you think about Tadpole Store?

Tadpole Store is a beautiful market place for all fashion and lifestyle needs. The product line it offers is truly exceptional. Each of its product is very beautiful and creative. I am very thankful to TadpoleStore for offering me an opportunity to showcase my collection.

Diti Vora Collection

Diti Vora Collection

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White Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

White Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

 

White Little Flowers Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

White Little Flowers Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

 

Blue & Pink Butterflies & Flowers Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

Blue & Pink Butterflies & Flowers Linen Viscose Cushion Cover

 

 

DIY- Dussehra Special

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Get together with your family & friends and be a part of  all round festivity. Commemorate Dussehra, one of the major Hindu Festival celebrated  widely across India. Observe this auspicious day and rejoice the victory of good over evil. Gift the ones you love & deck your home in the most delightful way.

Try out these interesting DIYs this Dussehra & let this day mark the beginning of happiness & prosperity in your life!

Prepare Tissue Paper Marigold Flowers

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Wrap Dussehra Presents in Dandelion Gift Wrapping

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Adorn Gifts with Paper Flower Tops

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Metalsmithing, Fascinating Living Art

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Being one of the oldest metalworking occupations, metalsmithing is a process in which a craftsman fashions useful items out of various kinds of metals. Kitchenware, tableware, weapons and jewelry are few types of objects that are created by implying this rare methodology. Shaping metal with a hammer which is also known as forging is the archetypical component of smithing. Often the hammering is done while the metal is hot, having been heated in a forge. Not only this, Smithing can also involve the other aspects of metalworking, such as refining metals from their ores (traditionally done by smelting), casting it into shapes (founding), and filing to shape and size.

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The Bronze Age

Indonesia was the place where the art of metal work arrived in the Bronze Age from Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian areas. Dated from as early as the fifth century BC, Bronze drums are found throughout the archipelago and some of them are believed to have been cast into a Bali.

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Earliest Metal Jewelry

If one talks about metal jewelry crafted out of metal smithing, it is known that it was very well found in the Bronze Age sites.  Carnelian, shell, Beads of glass, silver, gold and other metals were found at that time. The earliest metal jewelry primarily consisted of copper with some gold, silver and “suwasa”, which is one part gold and two parts copper.  The Metal age graves reveal beads, rings, gold necklaces & hairpins.

Mythologies  

Bali is considered as one of the major centers of metal craft. Here the tradition of metal work dates back to many generations. Although most smiths come from the lowest ‘sudra’ caste, Balinese metal smiths have always been held in awe. There exists a clan of smiths that consider themselves direct descendants of Lord Brahma. The symbolic importance of precious metals in Hindu cosmology is reflected in the belief that the triple peaks of Mt. Meru, the abode of the Gods and the center of the world, are made of gold, silver and iron. Apart from this there are several other myths related with the form of metal smithing.

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Technique of Metalsmithing

Creating jewelry through manipulating various metals concerns the real art of metal smithing. The metal smithing technique involves fabricating metal jewelry by shaping it with mandrels, hammers and other tools. The metals are offered various shapes by metal snips, metal dapping, doming, forging and drilling holes.  The technique of Metalsmithing also includes etching and engraving, chasing and repoussé electroforming and electroplating, swaging, raising, reticulation, casting, and creating settings such as bezels. All metalsmithing work should end with proper finishing techniques, such as buffing, filing, polishing, and then perhaps adding patinas with liver of sulfur or heat as desired.

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Metalsmithing does require special skills and is one of the most fascinating art forms. The real charm of this art lies in its technique and the result that follows.  Jewelry crafted out of metalsmithing includes the most distinctive pieces to own. Metalsmithing is a living art which relates stories of rare craftsmanship of olden times.

Shop exclusive Handcrafted jewelry at Tadpolestore

Handmade Red Geometric Aluminium Necklace

Handmade Red Geometric Aluminium Necklace

 

Aluminium Earrings

Aluminium Earrings

 

Tiny Copper Earrings

Tiny Copper Earrings

 

Style Files- Synthesis

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in an ultra outlandish look this season and hit the roads.Discover rare synthesis by slipping in Dark Grey Relaxed Fit Jute Good Girl Tunic & team it up with Bold Beads Long Necklace. Evolve yourself by slinging to our side, White Cotton Ikat Clutch. Experience comfort, practicality & tradition in this dynamic synthesis look!

Dark Grey Relaxed Fit Jute Good Girl Tunic

Dark Grey Relaxed Fit Jute Good Girl Tunic

Bold Beads Long Necklace

Bold Beads Long Necklace

White Cotton Ikat Clutch With Leather Flap

White Cotton Ikat Clutch With Leather Flap

Label Launch- Indigene

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Indigene believes in the craft of hands, having worked with several artisans, handmade craft is intrinsic to this label. It revives simplicity and elegance as each of its hand-crafted product is honed with care &  is a life story in itself. Learn more on this story!

Tell us a little about yourself and your beginning in the field of fashion?

Both of us, Ruchi & Jaya are Textile Design graduates from The National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. Graduated from the institute with a deep interest in handmade crafts, we worked with several artisan based organizations (craft organizations) and independent craft projects which helped us build a strong know how of the craftspeople, their skills and various techniques. Because handicraft is so intrinsic to both of us, it well reflects in Indigene‘s clothing as well, from fabric to surface embellishment to finishing techniques, it is handmade all the way.

Co -founders Ruchi & Jaya

Co- founders Ruchi & Jaya

What is the concept behind your label ‘Indigene’ and when did you start?

In essence, a craft and clothing company that enables relations amongst artisans, craftsmen and conscientious consumers.  We started Indigene in 2011 after several years of practice and research in crafts and handmade. Indigene collaborates with artisans in several geographies, infusing their unmatched craft techniques into product development, reviving the simplicity and elegance of traditional clothing, to create accented handmade clothing which is wearable, simple and easy. Indigene’s products have a long yet conscious supply chain. Each hand-crafted product is honed with care, is a life story in itself.

Teamwork at Indigene

Teamwork at Indigene

Who all are in your team?

Our immediate studio team consists of a pattern master, tailor & an office assistant. Apart from this Indigene has a small extended family of tailor or karigars, women embroiders & button or tassel makers, printers & weavers.

Conceptualization

Conceptualization

Is there any special process you follow?

The design process starts with conceptualizing a theme based on the season, we are not very strong trend followers as we believe clothing should be classic, and especially handmade clothing should be something that you want to wear and hold on to forever. Then we move on to visuals, colours, motifs etc that can be incorporated while designing a particular collection.

Both these collections have been designed for the on-set of the festive and winter seasons; hence the selection of fabric is modal and Tussar/Muga.

Indigene- The Collection

Indigene- The Collection

Once the fabric is finalized, the silhouettes, colour pallet and embellishments follow keeping the theme in mind. The concepts then move to the prototyping stage and finally with whatever tweaking (fit/ embellishment/ colour) might be required the final product is created.

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How did you conceptualize the current collection of yours? Anything special about it?

There are two collections which are currently being featured on Tadpole:

The printed/embroidered modal collection:

This one is inspired by the sensual women characters depicted in miniature paintings – Bani-Thani, Ratipriya, Nikunja, Rasmanjari are a few names which have also been used for product names in the collection. An intricate form of painting/art, the garments too are delicate and luxe.The fabric is embellished with hand block print (traditional metal block discharge) and highlighted with hand embroidered details, with a mix of Indian as well as western silhouettes.

The mosaic collection:

This one is inspired by mosaic chips and mosaic wall art, hand blocks created in floral as well as abstract forms, the silhouettes are inspired by the Japanese kimono and cross over style (angarakha), as well as a couple of straight classic garments. The fabric used is tussar/muga, a textured silk which is printed and treated in natural dyes (mid-night indigo (neel) , grey and black (syahi).

At work

At work

Do you have any favorites in this collection?

Modal – Pleated kurta or Bani-Thani long kurta – We personally like this style as it is classic yet fun with lots of pleated detail (front & back), contrast trim and a delicate embroidered detail on the placket.

Tussar/Muga – Definitely the Kimono box pleated dress for the experimental you.

What do you think about Tadpole Store?

Tadpole is a great platform for unique products/ brands like Indigene, especially when the market is so full with the run of the mill clothes and accessories. Tadpole gives a customer a fresh change and a great assortment of products to choose from. We look forward to building up a good customer base on Tadpole and hope that the amazing presentation media (product shoot/ write up & blog) that Tadpole uses will help bringing in more loyal customers into Indigene’s kitty.

Shop exclusive designs showcased by  Indigene at Tadpolestore.com

Blue Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Long Angarakha Kurta With Pintucks & Embroidered Cuffs

Blue Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Long Angarakha Kurta With Pintucks & Embroidered Cuffs

 

Maroon Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Long Kurta With Pintuck Details & Embroidered Sleeves

Maroon Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Long Kurta With Pintuck Details & Embroidered Sleeves

Emerald Green Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Dress With Pintuck Around The Waistline & Embroidered Neckline

Emerald Green Hand Block Printed Modal Viscose Dress With Pintuck Around The Waistline & Embroidered Neckline

DIY- Handmade Coasters

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One of the most fascinating table accessory , Coasters offer the most delightful feel. They not only charm the guests but also protect your table from spilled drinks. Apart from serving as an ideal kitchen accessory , it is also an interesting collectible item. Get your hands working this weekend and craft wonderful coasters. Try out enticing DIYs and adorn your dining space.

Stamped Tile Coasters

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Handmade Polaroid Coasters

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Alcohol Inked Tile Coasters

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Sindhi Embroidery, Legacy Of The Land of Sufis

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Behind the clay walls houses, veiled in the most stupefying garments, sit women giving life to this undying craft. Village ladies after completing the household chores, get together and with utmost delicacy,embroider clothes.

Sindh is no longer a part of India, but its relics have served an invaluable gift to country and its natives. Sindhi embroidery is one such remnant that clearly indicates the innate flair of the craftsmen and women who toil all day long creating unimaginable masterpieces. They indulge in various kinds of embroidery and strive to craft distinctive designs and motifs, while men sit together to play cards and watch cockfights.

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 Long Drawn History

Sindhi embroidery is said to have appeared earlier in Germany and the Middle East. This finest craft was later brought to Sindh by the Arabs who were great in dissemination of culture. As Sindh has geographical proximity with Baluchistan, the influence of Baluchistan can be easily discerned in the stitchery and also in the juxtaposition of colors. After the partition, Sindhis who came to settle India brought their embroidery tradition with them and this way it became a part and parcel of the Indian embroidery.

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Interlacing embroidery

This finest of all embroideries is mostly done on printed material or tie-dyed cloth. This way the background and Sindhi embroidery complement each other being used in different proportions to produce the desired effect.  The overall effect of this embroidery is heightened by bringing to use silk tassels, tiny mirrors, glass beads, sliver spangles and cowrie shells.

Sindhi embroidery is done using silk and cotton thread on cotton or silk fabric.  Various shades and hues or colors are  used including red, orange, yellow, violet, green, black, white, indigo, brown, pink, turquoise, and blue.

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Photo credits- indian artisans online

Unique method

The craftswomen who are indulged in Sindhi embroidery use hooked needles to stitch.  This particular instrument in the local language is also referred to as ‘aar’. The cloth is fixed tightly over a bamboo frame. Then the embroidery design or pattern is drawn or traced upon it. After this, the actual work begins. The thread is employed inside the needle and it is used to create the entrancing patterns.

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Photo credits-www.houseofpakistan.com

 Stitches & Its Kinds

The stitches used are straight ,satin, open chain, back, chain, buttonhole, interlacing, couched straight, crossed herringbone , laid threads, couched, over sewing, stem, fly and darning. 

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Inspired by Mughal and Persian Art

Sindhi embroidery is inspired by Mughal and Persian art. Peacock, elephants, fans, parrots, canopies, arches, flowering shrubs, flowers, leaves, human figures, and butis (polka dots), are the artistic motifs crafted. Large sized polka dots are known as Nadir Shahi butis.

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Photo credits- www.flickr.com

Design Varieties

There more different types of embroideries within this category of artwork. It includes ‘Toran’, which is the name of the artwork done on flaps. Then there is the ‘Chaklas’ style which is done on covers of furniture. Along with that, there is ‘Kathi’, a kind of geometric pattern done on clothes. After that, there is the ‘Ari’ style which includes creating animal-inspired motifs like peacocks etc. Then, lastly, there is the ‘Abhala’ style which employs the use of small mirrors embedded within the threadwork.

There is lot more to this craft & the fascinating place to which is belongs. Brought from the Land Of Sufis, this incredible craft enigmatically unfurls the beauty of & legacy of Sindh.

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Block Printed Circle Motif Indigo Chanderi Dupatta With Sindhi Embroidery

Block Printed Circle Motif Indigo Chanderi Dupatta With Sindhi Embroidery

 

Block Printed Jaali Pattern Indigo Chanderi Dupatta With Sindhi Embroidery

Block Printed Jaali Pattern Indigo Chanderi Dupatta With Sindhi Embroidery

 

Style Files- Conventional

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“There is a rare charm  in being conventional, its like an old specimen of beauty that never fades.”

Emblazon yourself this festive season with an extremely traditional look. Drape in Handwoven Khadi Cotton Indigo Blue Saree with circular Motifs and be the idol of conventional beauty. Look eternal by teaming  it up with a pair of Gold Plated Sterling Silver Emperor  Sapphire Earrings. Not forgetting to add a tinge of perfection with Blue & Silver Maze Pattern Phulkari Embroidered Box Clutch.

Flaunt your feminine charms, wear a conventional look this season and be your own kind of beautiful!

Handwoven Khadi Cotton Indigo Blue Saree with circular Motifs

Handwoven Khadi Cotton Indigo Blue Saree with circular Motifs

 

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Emperor Earrings with Sapphire

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Emperor Earrings with Sapphire

 

Blue & Silver Maze Pattern Phulkari Embroidered Box Clutch

Blue & Silver Maze Pattern Phulkari Embroidered Box Clutch

 

DIY- RUGS

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The season is here of hoodies, hot cocoa & rugs!

Turn your space into a cozy nook by adding it with wonderful home trimmings such as handmade rugs. They not only make interiors warm & cozy but also charm them most beautifully. Adorn your bedroom, dining area or living room with rugs and prepare your home for the approaching winters.

Dig in your attic for bits and pieces of old rags, felt balls or rope and try some of the most exciting DIYs. Cuddle in cozy corners of your home with delightful hand crafted rugs perfectly covering the floor. Keep your feet warm this winters!

Handmade Felt

Ball Rug

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Handmade Rag Rug

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Handmade Rope Rug

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Movie Review- The Blue Umbrella

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The Blue Umbrella, is an absolutely charming film that touches the heart of the viewer so intensely that it never leaves. One tends to get restless and shifty in the seat.  It’s a fable on forgiveness that unfolds masterly. The Blue Umbrella is all about Love loss and longing, a marvelous reverie, a figment untold.

Movie Backdrop

Set is an idyllic place where resides immense harmony and peace, this true fable slowly unfurls itself.  Shot amidst breath taking beauty, The Blue Umbrella is reeled in a small village of Himachal Pradesh, the beauty of which seems no less than heaven. This movie is based on an adaptation of the Indian Novel “The Blue Umbrella” written By Ruskin Bond way back in 1980s. It is a fairy tale that not only leaves a lasting impression on children but adults as well.

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Photo credits- ravepad.com

Plot Summary

The movie opens at the tea stall owned by a scruffy shopkeeper, Nand Kishore Khatri (Pankaj Kapur) who is laying on a charpoy. With a pair of headphones plugged to his ears, a mechanical voice assures Nandu that he will receive great wealth and fame in times to come. The story furthers itself with introduction of young Biniya (Shreya Sharma) who lives in the same village with her widowed mother and a wrestler brother. Apart from tending her cows, she entertains the tourists who come to relax themselves amidst the undying beauty of the mountains. One fine day she comes across some tourists from Japan and gets to trade her bear-tooth amulet with a blue umbrella.

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Photo credits- indiatoday.intoday.in

As this umbrella was not like any other umbrella, its unique charm spread across the entire village, like fire caught in the woods. Soon Biniya and her blue umbrella became popular amongst all the local villagers. Many of them tried to bribe the girl in order to possess it, but all their attempts went in vain. Nand Kishore Khatri , who was a lot content with his life, lost his peace of mind  as soon as he saw the village kids dangling the dazzling Japanese umbrella before his eyes. He in turn tried everything to buy the umbrella from the little girl, but her love for it never let her part form it.

One fine day, while Biniya was tending to her cows, the umbrella went missing. Biniya was heartbroken as it was her priciest possession, the one she could never replace. Biniya and her friends went all around the village to find the lost umbrella but couldn’t find any signs of it. The girl starts suspecting Nand Kishore Khatri, as she always knew that he fancied her umbrella more than anybody in the entire village. Slowly the movie unfurls itself bringing forward an ocean of human emotions featuring ostracism, loss, longing and loneliness. The movie is immensely thought provoking and leaves an unfading impact on the viewers. It’s a specimen of human psychology brought forward in an incandescent way, never to loss its reminiscence.

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Photo credits- cinemawala.wordpress.com

Characters

Pankaj Kapur arguably is the finest actor and is no less than a textbook for young actors. Pankaj Kapur who plays Nandu the shopkeeper has perfectly brought out the character. His body language, accent and dialogue delivery is extremely commendable. His brilliant performance makes him stand out, from the rest of the star cast. Kapur, with a sloppy old-man look and a delightful accent, owns every frame he is in, and gives Blue Umbrella the pathos and drama it requires. It’s his presence that played magic on the viewers.

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Photo credits- www.glamsham.com

Direction Cinematography

The movie is no less than a fairy tale, though being short; it runs flawlessly making the audience remain fixed to their seat right from the beginning till the end. The direction and cinematography is simply breathtaking.  The camera work both indoors and outdoors is worth the praise. Though the interiors are largely shot in the dark, the lighting and colors are used to beautify the scenes to perfection. The movie is complemented by mellow music which is soft on the ears. Vishal Bhardwaj, being one of the finest directors has infused jaw dropping moments in this film most magnificently. His work in the film, “The Blue Umbrella” holds testament to his versatility as a film maker. After Makdee, Maqbool and Omkara, Vishal has intrigued the audience with “The Blue Umbrella” in the most delightful way. Picture-postcard cinematography by Sachin Krishn makes Blue Umbrella a must watch.

In Retrospect

The Blue Umbrella is a gem of a film that will transport you into an entirely different world of love and longing. It is nevertheless a heartwarming film that indeed throws light upon a very basic and simple moral tale.  It is a fantasy that rolls on in the most beautiful manner amidst the beauty of the mountains and Mother Nature.  The Blue Umbrella has won the National Award for Best Children’s film; it’s an exotic mix of love, remorse and good old nemesis.

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photo credits- www.glamsham.com

 Film Review Credits- Mansi Sharma

 

 

 

Unfurling Tie-dye Classics

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 Tie & Dye as old as the American Hippie Movement 

Brought forward by the American hippie movement during 1960s, tie& dye came into existences. Hippies wanted a way to escape from the strict social norm of the 50s, and tie-dye was just one way of expressing their free-spirited nature.

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Celebrities like Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin were part of the subculture and was also responsible for bringing this method to limelight and also gain popularity. With the approach of the festive seasons, blankets characterizing tie & dye method were spread out on festival grounds and clothes were made in the festive psychedelic patterns.

As colors have delighted mankind from the prehistoric times, dyes were discovered and produced primitively by putting to use various flowers, leaves, barks, plant’s juices.  Usually bright colors were used to create vivid patterns that featured psychedelic effects associated with the Woodstock era of the late 1960S.

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The earliest surviving examples

If one talks about its prevalence, this method has been prevalent in Japan, India and Africa for centuries. The earliest surviving examples include pre-Columbian tie-dye in Peru, Japan & Africa.

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Method & technique

Tie & dye is characterized by the use of bright colors saturated primary colors and bold patterns. These patterns, including the spiral, mandala, and peace sign, and the use of multiple bold colors, have become old since the peak popularity of tie-dye in the 1960s and 1970s. The technique of tie & dye involved wrapping strings around crumpled clothes and dipping them in vats of inexpensive dye. This process typically consisted of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by application of dye. There several other steps which were involved when it came to more sophisticated form of dying.

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Bandhej or Bandhini 

One of the most traditional methods of printing textiles in India, Tie & dye holds its own significance. Popularly known as Bandhej or Bandhini, it characterizes numerous designs and has been followed from ages.

Traditional Patterns 

Chandokhni & Shikhara- are specially created for the brides

Barah Bag-when opened looks like a garden of flowers , a set of 12 (barah) beds of flowers.

Bavan (52) Bag– one of the most laborious types of tie & dye.

Ambadal– a network of branches and leaves interwoven with a variety of birds represents the branches of a mango tree.

Chokidal is a pattern of squares with elephants and other animals.

Kambaliya – a design with a dotted pattern in the center and a different design along the border.

Basant bahar represents the flowers of spring, the mor zad – a peacock pattern, etc.

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Photo credits-www.indiadailyphoto.com

Major centers of tie & dye

Some of the major centers in India are Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer, Pali, Udaipur and Nathdwara. Rajasthan is well known for its leheriya pattern – literally meaning waves. These are harmoniously arranged diagonal stripes, which were originally, dyed in the auspicious colors of yellow and red. Pochampalli is also one of the three main traditional yarn-dyeing centers in the country.

Long practiced and unfading, this traditional method of Tie & Dye is the most classic work of art.

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Pink-White Tie & Dye Half & Half Crepe Saree

Pink-White Tie & Dye Half & Half Crepe Saree

Tie & Dye Cotton Sleeveless Long Dress

Tie & Dye Cotton Sleeveless Long Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Files- Eid al-Adha Special

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Glimmer and shimmer this Eid al-Adha and twirl around leaving behind mesmerizing silhouettes. Its time to dress regal and celebrate this festival with utmost fervor. Make a grand entrance and leave the bystanders totally amazed. Dress in Set Of Chanderi Block Printed Light Aqua Kalidar Kurta With Churidar & Sequins Detailing. Team it up with Golden Mirror Silk ClutchGold Plated Sterling Silver Golden Jhumkis with Floral Motif. Get together with family and friends to celebrate the Greater Eid, or Bakr-Eid!

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Set Of Chanderi Block Printed Light Aqua Kalidar Kurta With Churidar & Sequins Detailing

 

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Golden Jhumkis with Floral Motif

Gold Plated Sterling Silver Golden Jhumkis with Floral Motif

 

Golden Mirror Silk Clutch

Golden Mirror Silk Clutch