1. Keeping Up With Your Mental Health Amidst Pandemic

    Keeping Up With Your Mental Health Amidst Pandemic

    “It’s 2018, you’re counting the blipping lights of the no. of metro stations you have passed already, while carefully calculating when you would be able to reach your destination. It’s a newly opened cafe that you have planned to explore with your friends. You push through the crowd of Rajeev Chowk Metro Station while recalling the cafe’s menu that you had already checked out online. You think of some exotic-sounding drink and smile to yourself. Amidst all the unknown faces and announcements, you hear your gang calling out your name with a zest. You exit the metro premises with autowala bhaiyas hounding at you, yet you make your own way around the subjectively confusing blocks of CP. You are warmly welcomed to a table of 6 which you are definitely going to abandon after your server leaves. While your friends debate about the order, you slyly slip in your cliche order of

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  2. Admiring Winter Crafts

    Admiring Winter Crafts

    As the winter breathes its last across the North, the days start to stretch out longer, the chilly breeze slowly makes way for the ‘loo’ wind, suitcases full of summer clothes begin coming out, and the whirring of fans starts back up.  Actually, it’s also the perfect time to fill up on the last of the wintry weaves, or even to admire the artistry behind the shawls, stoles, and quilts of India! Some of the wonderful art that we have a chance to curate includes:

     

    Dorukha shawls: A dorukha shawl is seamless in its artistry, a two—sided marvel that has been a part of Kashmiri craftsmanship since the 1860s. This work of art is entirely reversible, with different colours and motifs often embroidered on either side. The Aksi Dorukha in particular is adorned with a design on one side, the  other often left plain or even embroidered in different colored threads. While rarer,

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  3. How To Pick The Perfect Decorative Items For Your Home

    How To Pick The Perfect Decorative Items For Your Home

    Isn’t it amazing how the smallest of the decorative item that we put out on display in our cosy homes can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetics? Interior designers and home decorators know very well how to play with colours, patterns and decorative items. However, appointing one may cost us a fortune. Taking the charge of decorating your own house can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. We, at Craft Maestros, understand your emotions and expectations with the overall look and feel of your homes and try our best to carefully curate our range, which can cater to the tastes of a wide range of customers. Here are some simple tips that can go long way if you’re also someone who focuses on details. Read along.

    Go For Quality Over Quantity
    A lot of us go super excited about home decor and end up buying lots of decorative accents online and from offline stores as well. Most of these decorative items either get dumped in a corner or look weird when put for a s

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  4. The Culture of Indian Craft

    The Culture of Indian Craft

    There are oceans churning behind the idea of ‘culture’. Culture is a bridge — between beliefs and systems that entwine us. It is part of us in ways we cannot separate from ourselves; in an heirloom saree wrapped between layers of tissue, in a half-forgotten song hummed during a humdrum day, in a habit picked up from watching one’s parents.

     

    India crafts and traditions reflect a tradition that is wholly unique, but this is partly from the richness they have gained from multiple influences. An interesting example of such an influence is available in indigenous tie-and-dye techniques which have existed for centuries but also recently gained from meeting with other methods. A Japanese style of dyeing, Shibori, has been adopted, and adapted across India, to great success. Resist dyeing is available in many forms across the world, but where indigenous Indian

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  5. Aligning Technology With The World of Handicrafts

    Aligning Technology With The World of Handicrafts

    The world around us is moving at a warp speed. Technology has brought the world to our doorstep, and things we never thought possible have changed the way we function in the span of a few years. And COVID-19 has further hastened the digitisation process. When the pandemic struck, there was a shift in the way in which enterprises functioned — a number of businesses moved online, the hospitality sector contracted in a big way, and several companies have started to look at work-from-home as a new business model for the future. Components of digitisation have thus become important conversation points for the "future" that the pandemic has thrust upon us all.

     

     

    So, how can companies in the handicrafts sector align an increasingly digital reality with a centuries-old tradition? We believe the answer is simple — authenticity. As a platform, when we

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  6. Handlooms as Heritage

    Handlooms as Heritage

    It’s a saree from your grandmother, carefully pressed in layers of tissue; a shawl pulled out from a trunk smelling faintly of mothballs; it’s a dupatta that swirls lightly around your ankles, making you feel like an old movie star. Handloom is heritage in the truest way possible, an art that passes from generation to generation — of both its makers and its connoisseurs.

     

    A legacy as old as time, a history deeply rooted in its intricate craftsmanship. According to the Fourth All India Handloom Census, the total number of households in India engaged in handloom activities (weaving and allied activities) is 31.45 lakhs. Moreover, estimates suggest that the handloom sector employs more than 43 lakh people, directly or indirectly, contributing to more than 15% fabric production in the country.

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  7. Conscious Luxury

    Conscious Luxury

    Making sustainable, conscious buying decisions includes learning about where products come from, how they are made, and what goes on “behind-the-scenes.” Transparency and authenticity are at the heart of conscious luxury, and this is where Craft Maestros comes in.

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  8. Why The Kullu and Kinnauri Shawls Are Popular in India?

    Why The Kullu and Kinnauri Shawls Are Popular in India?

    Himachal Pradesh is widely known for its fine weaving which not only caters to its functional need but also carries a piece of rich culture and tradition of its land. Most of the designs that we see today on Himachali weaves are highly influenced by Tibet and Central Asia. Being an extremely cold region, pit looms or handlooms can be found almost in every house. Wool is considered to be extremely pure which often marks its presence in various rituals. Undoubtedly, one of the most celebrated cloth is the shawl that can range from the finest pashmina to somewhat coarse desar. While Kullu shawls are famous for their simple patterns and playful colours, Kinnauri shawls are known for their fine weaving.

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  9. Things You Need To Know before buying Paper Mache Products

    Things You Need To Know before buying Paper Mache Products

    It is believed that the craft of paper mache originated in China, the first country to make paper. The technique dates back to as far as 200 BC and it made it got popular in European countries only around the 17th century. The paper mache products that we see today include vases, boxes, coasters and other decorative/utility objects. However, this wonderful paper mache art is also used in making big decorative items like carnival floats. In the past, there have been instances where this technique was used in combination with other materials to craft things like canoes and fuel tanks. 

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  10. What Is Block Printing and The Facts That Make It Popular?

      What Is Block Printing and The Facts That Make It Popular?

    n simple terms, block printing can be defined as using a finely carved piece of a wooden block to imprint a design on a piece of paper or fabric. Interestingly, block printing was widely used to print books and scriptures. The earliest block-printed book dates back to around 200 AD and was possibly done in China. However, today the beautiful process of block printing is largely associated with chiselling out designs and printing them on fabric. Multiple blocks can be used to print a single fabric.

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