* Beauty in blemish.

These are some of the injured sarees which we have in stock and almost 20% of the sarees which we receive are wounded hence needs care. They are not disabled sarees. Though they cannot be utilised for the purpose it was woven for, we have been using them productively, and that's not the point. 

The payment for all our saree/textile is made even before it reaches us. We keep cajoling the weavers to be more careful but as many of them are first-generation weavers and not skillfully trained,...

* Burden of consumption.

Off late, some of the questions which we get to hear are "How can we be conscious consumer and at the same time support handmade by buying more?" or "In the current economic scenario, it's not only the sellers but also the buyers who are struggling, so what to expect?" 

These are noteworthy questions, but let's recognise that the handmade industry was not thriving before the pandemic. It's just that the quandary has become more real and visible on social media. 

Still, there could be a couple of ways of deciphering these observations. The...

* Small drops.

For land to be fertile and to have a good yield, one of the key components is water. Some of the general sources are, river, tube-well and rain.

While the lucky few cultivate closer to the river, many others depend on river-canals or bunds for the water to reach them. Of course, this manmade system is not fool-proof. Wastage of water in transit, excessive use, hoarding of it, and even unable to reach the far-away small landholding farmers are of concern. This mammoth task also requires abundant use of money, land, and manpower.


* Varieties of fabrics.

I was recently asked to define a particular fabric and that's when I suggested, probably it's better to understand our textile by its process instead of a generic name. Especially in the context of trade-marking and GI tagging the fabrics without much deliberation. The below list, which in itself incomplete, is a small example of how various cotton textile could be distinguished.

1. BT cotton + mill spun + power-loom woven + chemical dyes.

2. BT cotton + mill spun + handloom + chemical dyes.

3. BT cotton + mill spun +...

* Consume our way.

If we get to know of a farmers struggle, do we start eating more?

 How will our consuming more food help him/her? Do we buy more groceries, cook more food, use those photos on social media and try influencing others to consume more we?

 Or, should we be looking at amongst many other things, on the need to buy more local, pay a better price, buy from small vendors, extend help in a non-monetary way, ask questions to those who are selling farm produce, check the production history, acquire knowledge, not waste what...