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Designer Deepshikha Khanna has a deep and abiding love for textiles, and by extension, traditional craft. It is, after all, the hallmark of her work as creative director of FLOW, Good Earth’s slow fashion line that expresses close associations between vintage textiles and modern silhouettes. But as potent and soulful and enduring as it is, her love for craft started just about a decade ago. Then, Deepshikha had returned to India from the US and on shifting base to Delhi, found herself at a loose end during a sabbatical and decided to get busy at the Delhi Craft Council.
Suddenly plunged into the deep-end of the Indian craft community, Deepshikha was swimming against the currents of fast fashion. “It was the first time that I was seeing such beautiful, handmade textiles. I was touching ground with real people and saw the passion with which these women who made them worked; for them, it was always about the craft and weaving community. It gave me a unique worldview of Indian craft. But it also taught me how to give back.” And it reset the course of her professional life and transformed her into a champion for fast-vanishing craft traditions. And it has set her off on tangential craft streams as well. “Once you’re in it, your eye goes over everything that textile touches. That expanded into my home too.” In the tradition of paying it forward and expanding the craft-conscious community, she has opened up her home to Instagram followers through her @dailystylematters handle, where she provides a glimpse into the way she uses textiles and other crafts around the house.
Now, she goes one better, with this recommendation list of her favourite craft-centric brands. So take a look and get inspired; because it’s always a good thing to trust the well-honed design instincts of a designer with not just the knowledge but the intense passion of a true convert.
1. TaanBaan for their cushions and rugs. They are doing such
Deepshikha Khanna, designer and creative director of FLOW, the ready-to-wear handloom fashion line by Good Earth.
interesting work, using zari and a khadi weaving technique which they use on cushions.
2. The Carpet Cellar for their vintage kilims and carpets—and the vast knowledge bank I get to dip into each time I go there.
3. Baro for their furniture and accessories. They used to refurbish old art deco pieces with interesting colours to switch things up a bit. I’ve bought
an interesting planter among other things. The light I bought, however, is new but is art deco-inspired as well.
4. Chor Bazaar is my dive for all art deco lights and furniture, mainly Taherally’s and Imran Art Store (Shop no. 13, Mutton Street; 02223474834,
9867792501). Imran has the most exquisite pieces which are rare finds. I’ve bought Scandinavian lamps that came off the decks of ships in the
1970s, original American art deco lamps and 1940s’ tequila glasses with a Bauhaus stand from him.
5. Mohan Metal Mart for my antique brass and copper vessels, which I love to collect. (Shop No.5, Taj Building August Kranti Marg, Gowalia Tank;
022 23864796, 7021065255, 9820481831)
6. Phantom Hands for the most beautiful recreations of the Chandigarh series of furniture and a writing desk which they custom-made for me from
their Dutch design partners, Xander Vervoort and Leon van Boxtel of the firm X+L. Their khadi fabric abstract artworks are to die for too.
7. Atelier Ashiesh Shah’s lingam interpretation sculpture in longpi is a really unique piece of art as it’s very tough to make large structures in
the longpi technique.
8. Longpi Pottery from Nagaland is something I’m obsessed with currently; I have many dishes which I use for everyday serving made out
of longpi. (Available from many platforms such as Jaypore.)
9. The Kishkinda Trust is a community that works with water hyacinth and banana fibre. They make gorgeous baskets, trivets, mats and rugs.
Every room in my house is filled with goodies from Kishkinda.
10. Gaia Pottery for all my planters. I’ve recently become obsessed with pottery.
11. Payoja Agarwal is a self-taught potter making the most honest pieces, two of which I own and can’t wait to buy more.
12. Veena Pottery is another ceramicist I love for her very modern crockery. I brought some of her pieces from Le Mill. (Bhopal-based Veena
Singh retails out of the Le Mill store in Mumbai; her Instagram handle is @myspaceveena)
13. Eeshaan Kashyap is one person who has an incredible aesthetic from whom I don’t own anything—yet. I will soon though. He is a man of
multiple talents but best known for his culinary prowess; he is developing a line of tableware, which I’m certain is going to be beautiful. (Follow
his work in all these places: eeshankashyap.com, @tablescapebyee @eeshaankas)
The Taherally's lamp sits on a table bought from Chor Bazaar.
Light from Imran Art Store, Chor Bazaar; the longpi lingam sculpture from Atelier Ashiesh Shah.
The art deco bedside table is from Imran Art Store at Chor Bazaar.
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