Makers marketplace By Hand From The Heart is back with its latest edit
CHENNAIITES gear up for responsible retail therapy as By Hand From The Heart is back with its 24th edition to provide a curated makers-marketplace experience. The two-day event brings 43 artistes, featuring a host of slow-design studios, food stalls, sustainable design brands and ethnic art and craft clusters. “This edit is not open to anything factory-made. Our buyers are becoming very conscious about where their clothes from, from the choice of fabrics to the elements of design,” informs Deepa Sekar, who co-founded the market, along with Kshiti Davey. Brands to watch out for include Outlin’d by Jhunjhun Jain, Le Rustique, Hastha, and RIAS, among others.
2017 was a busy year for Sriparna Ray, and is when Bhomra Design Co. came to life in Kolkata. The result is a label that is a modern take on what is vintage yet timeless. Working with Bengal’s hand-woven Taant, Dhaka and Tangail jamdani, the Indo-Western label has a range of breezy summer dresses, saris and accessories. The colour palettes are mostly quintessential red and white combinations and pastels. “I use a lot of lace and frills to add to the vintage charm, and enjoy playing with aanchal and border detailing which is typical to saris,” she says, adding that she will be experimenting with darker and richer colours in her upcoming collections. Starting from `1,500.
What do you get when you sculpt ceramic, clay and stone wear jewellery, and embellish them with vintage coins and ghungroos? Chaakmaati! The ceramic jewellery brand was started by Priya Yadav in Delhi last year, and is constantly experimenting with the medium to create new designs and patterns.
The results are quirky tribal accessories which do not weigh as much as they look. “It’s a challenging process to ensure that the base is thick enough for me to engrave on it properly, but thin so it can be worn for a longer time,” Priya says. You can expect to find a range of ceramic earrings and neckpieces at the exhibition. Starting from `500.
Madhumita Nath’s journey with Ek Katha began two years back, and took to an organic, natural dyes, zero-waste approach to fashion.The brand is exhibiting their Kala cotton collection, Bhu, which includes batik block prints, up cycled accessories like fabric jewellery, jackets, and scarves created out of waste. A special piece to watch out for is a trench coat which is created with leftover fabric wastes. Starting from `500 for accessories, `2,500 for clothing.