Returning from an inspiring trip to Morocco and finding herself at her family’s haveli (a large home with a courtyard) in Delhi's Jonapur Village, self-taught textile and furniture designer Kuldeep Kaur had a serendipitous moment. She had been working with home textiles and furniture for 20 years and the beautiful haveli, albeit rundown at the time, beckoned her to restore its splendor.
It is difficult in this day and age of fluid identity, within both the fluid and shattered world, to create clothing that would be more than just one person’s subjective whim, and aspire to have a certain amount of duration, no matter how short the time-frame. Perhaps this no longer matters, but we still care about values, about something that goes beyond our mere existence in the here and now, even when it comes to dressing.
Currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and running through July 17, 2016, Megacities Asia explores the accelerated rise of urbanization in cities with populations of more than ten million, and how during the last five decades of rapid growth has affected the lives of their inhabitants.
Traditional mudcloth from Mali
Twelve years ago Margaret Woermann opened Heartworks to provide work made with the heart in order to feed the belly. At that time, the idea of buying something made and designed locally was new to South Africa. Today Heartworks’ two Cape Town locations sell Heartworks embroidered collections as well as Margaret’s curation of local design offerings. They are hardly alone in Cape Town’s amazingly diverse craft-locavore scene.