The New Delhi-based designer Aman Khanna creates beautiful, timeless pieces from clay—a material he describes as being both omnipresent and yet individual based on the way one uses it. This beautiful vase adds aesthetic by taking the unnecessary away. Minimal yet very unexpected in its form and proportions, it is handmade from stoneware clay. It is an unapologetically standout piece that can be used as either a vase or simply as a sculpture.
Height 18 cm, Diameter 20 cm
Natural stoneware clay
Hand wash recommended
Handmade in India
Waterstripes Handloom Towel - Flame
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Light, airy and extremely soft, classic pinstripes on an ecru base create a timeless piece that can be used as a towel, picnic mat, coverup or tablemat - the possibilities are endless. They have a sense of warmth and elegance, beautifully finished with hand-tied tassels on each end. This handwoven piece only gets softer with time, so it‘s created to make everyday functionality that much more enjoyable.
102 x 178 cm
Machine wash with like colors, iron as cotton
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Their design process is multi-faceted: Indu and Chitra bring up ideas to each other about a new product, discuss the pros and cons of it, do lots of research and sketches of patterns and try out a few samples to see how it functions. There is often a lot of back and forth with the weaving co-op during the development, since Chitra and Indu respect their skills as the true masters of this yarn.
One aspect the ladies love to share is about the speed of handloom production. The pre-looming, which is everything before the weaver actually weaves the patterns at the loom, is one of the most overlooked and yet the most labor-intensive processes. It is also weather dependent, as the yarn is sun-dried prior to spinning it onto the spindles. It can take anywhere from a week to ten days to have a medium sized loom up and running – a step buyers are always made conscious of.
This pre-looming is also the most critical step as it determines how wide the fabric will be woven, what patterns and colors will be in the weave and how much time a certain piece will take to create. It is also a detail that they love documenting - as evident in their Instagram feed - and discussing with their co-op teams.
Thanks for your time Chitra - much success ahead!
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