Flight to Remember

Flights are a comfortable, easy, quick, quite option to travel. But after this experience I feel airplanes should have a security guard who could throw people out if they created nuisance. Airplanes can be noisy because of small children but god can a group of men create that sort of noise. A group of 4 people traveling from Hyderabad to Delhi created chaos during a 2hr flight, they ate food, used language, which shouldn’t be used (bc).

Initially we enjoyed it because me n my dad had moments, which made us laugh. But I hope no one experiences this, come on that man was burping all the time.

Ok this got really terrible.

Intense singing classes started. They wanted ‘All eyes on us’. A partner was telling another to shut but god knows which bathroom singer got in his vocal cord. At least 2 out of 4 were descent enough to fall asleep n not disturb. But the other two were pain in the head.

The man finally slept, but sleeping didn’t help either. He started to snore, like ‘pitch perfect’. Did the man take some sleeping pills? While landing we all need to straighten our seats and put the seat belts on but the man did not get up he was so deeply asleep that people had to shake him but still did not help so the man sitting next to him helped the air-hostess.

Your beautiful trip can he summed up as a disaster if while returning home you get such co passengers.

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Reconnecting with Nature

In today’s world everyone is busy in his or her life, connection with the close ones seems to be broken. All the targets given by the boss, the desires to have a bigger house, costlier cars, marrying a daughter, giving a nice platform to their son and for children- getting best marks, going to the best college and what not has caught people in a rat trap. Sooner or later we loose the meaning of our lives, people feel trapped, lost, pointless and become anxious.

What we are truly lacking is a connection with the natural world and its music. When I was a child I loved to go to the park everyday and not return but as I grew older, I lost touch with the nature, I was only left with a laptop and some school stuff to do. I sometimes feel totally disconnected from nature, perhaps everything – “story of my life”. Every now and then I feel I need to get out of here and sit somewhere in silence, alone with myself.

I believe that re-establishing a connection with our Mother Earth is crucial. Nature will quiet your mind, open your heart and give peace to your body. Through this you transform and boost the creativity, enthusiasm and zest in you. I recommend you to start reconnecting with nature from today onwards only.

Below are few ways to get reacquainted with the environment.

1.Wake up with natureDSCN6275.jpg It would be a beautiful start of the day when u are having a nice cup of herbal tea with the sun rising to your side. Take all the raise in yourself and have the most waken and fresh day.

2.Smell flowersDSCN6414.JPGPlant few beautiful roses and sunflowers in your garden and that will become the attraction of your house. The fragrance will open up your senses.

3.Walk bare footDSCN5897.JPGOur parents always tell us to wear shoes or slippers all the time but putting our feet in the grass once in a while would be tremendous. As our body is made of five elements earth, water, fire, air, and space. Therefore being close to the earth is very important.

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We all know that yoga helps us but we never try and implement it, so now lets get up and make a routine for ourselves and do some ‘asans’.

5.SquirrelsDSCN6297.jpgSmall creatures like squirrels get neglected, the birds and dogs get way more attention, not in a wrong way but why not them. So lets take some walnuts in our pockets for our little friends.

6.Hug a treeDSCN6379.jpgWe have always learnt in our school that plants are living things so giving them a hug would be a peace offering, our mothers always need a hug then why not our mother earth.

7.Play a game or twoDSCN6316.jpgSome people are good at sports but they leave it because of some other priorities. We have so many friends so why cant we give them a call and challenge them for a game.

8.CyclingDSCN6380.JPGWhile going to the park use a cycle instead of your Mercedes and BMWs. Quit your artificial A.C.s for once and try the natural A.C. that god has gifted us.

9.Having street animals aroundcat.JPGStreet animals are same as your pets, caring for them, giving a biscuit or two wouldn’t harm our house budget or even rubbing a hand around will give them the feeling of love and care.

10.Drinking and eating naturalDSCN6415.JPGNow a days we all are inclined to the aerated drinks but what is really good for our health is a glass of freshly squeezed juice. Also eat fruits and vegetables.

I know we all are busy in our huge to-do lists but taking out time for ourselves for some introspection, wouldn’t be too much to ask for.

Respect Life.Act.

 

Material exploration

MT07.JPG[can be used as a texture, material used is thread/rope]MT01.jpg[can be used for seating purpose. Used as a bench in a park. Material used is a signboard.]MT02.jpgDSCN6433.JPG[final outcome]MT05.JPG[used for designing a wearable garment, inspiration if drawn from the peacock feathers. material used to derive such a design is silk fabric and leather.]MT06.JPG[wall panels can have carving like this, the middle part has the emphasis and they are organic motifs, sheet is used for making the motif]DSCN6447.JPG[final outcome]MT04.JPG[Used for the wall texture, made of metal sheet . Metal sheet is used to give a shinny effect]

DSCN6442.jpg[final outcome]

Inspiration Board

 

 

My inspiration board consists of most of the things by which the designing of brocade is driven from.

Brocade was the most famous textile in the period of Mughals.

mugal-wearing-brocade.jpg[http://gaatha.com/banaras-weaving-history-and-process/]

 

The most common things visible in a brocade handloom are flora and fauna.Banarasi-saree.jpg[http://gaatha.com/banaras-weaving-history-and-process/]

Benaras_brocade_sari.jpg[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Benaras_brocade_sari.jpg]

And some other motifs are inspired from the geometrical figures.IMG_9014 2.JPG[self_clicked]

Most importantly gold and silver gives the brocade textiles rich and heavy look. The sheen of brocade is incomparable.IMG_9614 3.jpg[self_clicked]

 

Following is the color board:
color board.jpg

Next blog will contain the visual exploration done using the essence driven from my research.

chanderi vs banarasi

This blog today is going to be about how two so similar fabrics can have so much difference. Banarasi and chanderi textile belonging to the same area i.e. north India, therefore, these two products exhibits similar features, but still have lots of differences among the product ranges produced. il_fullxfull.388764566_lkdd.jpgThese are some most distinctive features of these two fabrics-

  1. The chanderi fabric is transparent and sheer in texture. On the other hand the banarasi weavers are known for intricate and beautiful work all over the fabric.
  2. Chanderi is produced in both grounds- cotton & silk, where as banarasi designs are only produced on silk base. ­­­
  3. Chanderi after washing retains its softness while banarasi remains stiff.
  4. “Chanderi has been known for its strong construction and fast colors where as banaras products are known for heavier and deep colors.

acb9c78933f63b670e34240705db.jpgNow stay tuned for some visual explorations done by the existing design of banarasi motifs.

Source:

[http://textilescommittee.nic.in/writereaddata/files/banaras.pdf, 2007, pg-50-51]

Finishing and Polishing

  • Completion and Finishing of the Fabric:

The weaving is continued and fabric is patiently completed. If the length is more or less it is cut or extended further and if any obsolete pattern is required again and its arrangement made anew, the new warp-threads are joined on to the old and the old implements are simply slid back, with which, with the detachable implements put on and adjusted, provide again the old pattern.

The completion of the fabric is called reja pujna.

  • Than or Reja

The woven fabric (than or reja), when taken off the loom is called a kora than, the pure fabric. Earlier the fabric was washed in a special solution and pressed and folded afterwards for delivery by ‘kundigar’(special workers).

But now the pressing is done by the machine-rollers. After mounting the fabric on the rollers of the machinery, the sizing solution is gently sprayed over it and the manipulation started. This finishing process is called polishing.

Usually, the local shopkeepers do not keep polished fabrics they do polishing at the time of delivery for free but the sellers outside station keep polished fabrics.

Next up is how banarasi is so different from chanderi.

 

Source:

[http://textilescommittee.nic.in/writereaddata/files/banaras.pdf, 2007, pg-34,35]