The Killing Of River Luni

As published in Tehelka Magazine, Volume 9 Issue 35, Dated August 27, 2012. Reports Tehelka jouranist Prakhar Jain.

August 31, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop

How to Make a Reddit 404 Pillow Cover Using Batik Print Technique is a rare website that we visit everyday, many times a day. We love Reddit alien (mascot) so much. His name is Snoo and he is so cute. You can find general FAQs about Snoo here. One day we had this crazy idea to make this alien Desi style using Batik printing technique. And after printing and treating it, we realized it looked so cute. So we had to share it with you. We are sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a Reddit 404 pillow cover.

How to make Reddit 404 pillow cover at home

August 27, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop
Tags: DIY Sewing

Fabric Care 102 : Taking care of Your Organic Kalamkari Fabrics


Organic cotton fabrics are printed using vegetable dyes and the colors obtained from organic means. Chemicals can fade the color and can also make the fabric weak. In this post, we are telling you some easy and efficient ways of treating your organic cotton fabrics at home for the first time before you start using them. 

Ever wondered why the organic cotton fabrics and dresses that you bought from an Indian seller won't stay the same wash after wash? Well, it all depends on how you take care of your organic clothes and fabrics. All organic fabrics are made using the fibers and colors obtained from organic means such as plants, minerals etc. What if I told you the red floral pattern on your Kalamkari skirt was printed using rust and tamarind paste?

August 14, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop

Gift, Colors and Sweets - A Very Happy and Colorful Holi to All of You!

After Diwali, Holi is the biggest festival in North India. Weeks before Holi, families plan for shopping, renovation of the house, dinner, lunch and breakfast menu and also for paying a visit to relatives and friends. In many cities of north India, such as Vrindavan, Banaras and Kanpur, Holi is a fortnight long festival. It starts about a a week before Dhulendi and ends with Ganga Mela (a festival very specific to the state of Uttar Pradesh).

In other parts of North India its a two days long celebration. First night of Holi is the celebration of End of the Evil. Families gather around the fire in circle and offer Sugarcane, Green Gram and other seasonal crops to the fire. People also throw Gulaal - colorful podwer, Gujia - Sweets and Pop-corns in the fire. The reason behind this is mostly unknown. According to the Hindu mythology, the fire is considered holy and everything becomes pure after going through fire. Throwing food items in fire could be a symbolic act to make the food items pure and free from any evil till next Holi celebrations. 



Gujhiya in Holi

March 17, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop

Fabric Care 101: Removing Stains From Your Silk Fabrics

We know how much you admire that vintage pure silk shawl and the dress that you bought from an online shop. And we know that you would go to any extent to preserve those hand woven raw silk pieces. So on the Culture Central, we are starting a new series on fabric care. In this series we’ll not only cover the tips and trick on how to take care of fabrics but we’ll give you some insightful knowledge about taking care of specialty fabrics, cleaning, preserving and reclaiming the old fabrics and everything else about fabric care.


Raw Silk Fabric Collection

February 24, 2014 — DesiCrafts India

DIY Fabric Printing - How to Screen Print a Cotton Fabric by Hand in 5 minutes

With very little investment and almost no technical knowledge or complex apparatus, we will get you started on screen printing. It's a common misconception that one needs a costly setup for screen printing. We have used an Indian cotton fabric (muslin), which is an organic cotton fabric. We make small paisley patterns in this session. We describe the whole technique of printing and treating the fabric afterwards.
January 23, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop

Featured Artist: Gunjan Aylawadi

We love handmade and we admire everything that is made using organic materials.We were browsing the internet and we came across this talented paper artist Gunjan Aylawadi from Sydney, Australia.

January 22, 2014 — DesiCrafts Shop

Vegetable Dyes and Colors –Manufacturing Process and Use

Many people wonder why vegetable dyed fabrics and other items are more beautiful, popular and costlier than the regular products available in the market today.  The reason is that it takes long time and great effort to prepare vegetable dyes. All vegetable colors are made using minerals, leaves, flowers and bark of various trees.

December 21, 2013 — DesiCrafts Shop