#NICEStories- Huts and Looms: Intertwining Weaving with Modern Ideals

Has the beauty of sarees ever captivated you? The intricate weaving process to get those beautiful colors and motifs on a blank canvas of cloth is a practiced art. Huts and Looms brings to us these drop dead gorgeous sarees entwined with contemporary ideals. Straight from the weavers, Huts and Looms aims to starts a brand of sustainable handloom fashion that uplifts the weaving community of India.

#NICEStories: The Indian Motif – Promoting Handwoven Elegance

Indian Motif Handloom

Handloom weaving is an age-old craft but is slowly losing itself in the pages of history. With stiff competition from power looms and the fast-fashion industry, the challenges of the weavers’ community are humungous. The vision of The Indian Motif is to make the lives of weavers financially viable and to encourage appreciation for handloom clothing among all.

#NICEStories: KandeeFactory – Redefining Candies the Local and Sustainable Way

The constant craving for candy in India now has a sustainable, healthy and appealing solution – KandeeFactory. Founded to tackle the endless demand for assorted candies that were mostly available outside of the country, KandeeFactory provides a sustainable and fully vegan assortment of candies that are produced using natural and cruelty-free ingredients. Charting out a “local yet global” pathway for their business, they plan to change the way candies are perceived and consumed all over the world.

#NICEStories: ARTh – Immersing us in the experience of artisanal craft

Over the past decade, the idea of experiencing immersive experiences has gained popularity- especially in the food sector. But have you ever thought of truly experiencing the history, culture and hard work that goes into making jewelry using centuries old artforms? This is what ARTh brings to you – artisanal products from the pages of history

#NICEStories: Rustic Art – Sustainable alternatives for personal and beauty care

Finding the right beauty and skincare products that are natural and genuine is definitely a hassle. Rustic Art was born keeping this issue in mind. With its cruelty free, vegan and affordable natively sourced, natural products, Rustic Art aims to reduce water wastage and the overall carbon footprint that regular cosmetics otherwise fail to take note of. With a woman dominated workforce, their products are made with nurture and care – with each product being a natural and cultural depiction of art on its own.

#NICEStories: Millet Amma- Bringing the Magic of Millets to Indian Households

Have you ever thought that changing the components of your diet could make you feel fresh and rejuvenated? With the increase in processed food and sustenance that is high in carbs, the number of health issues, especially gut-related issues have been on the rise.  This is where Millet Amma comes in, bringing to us millets- a daily alternative that is not only much healthier but also keeps you much more energized.

#NICEStories: Prosperity Mirra – Bringing back the reds and the blues in home decor through the art of Terracotta

Prosperity is a craft enterprise focusing on Terracotta & Blue Pottery crafts from the different parts of India. They aspire to bridge the gap between traditional artisans & craft lovers, to cover the distance between remote villages of India and international craft destinations, to cross the divide between aesthetic products and pocket-friendliness and to find a balance between a rich design heritage and modern-day needs.

#NICEStories: EkiBeki- Contemporizing Indian Art and Crafts

While art auctions and exhibitions build a perception of high value, this is seen more widely abroad. Yet only by a niche audience views Indian arts and crafts with value. India’s rich heritage and culture contributes to a beautiful spectrum of arts and crafts across the country. They are slowly lost due to lack of awareness. This is where EkiBeki steps in, a company that prizes rural craft above all, giving it a contemporary flair to create stunning pieces. They work towards making Indians more aware about the treasure trove of art in India, while also creating livelihoods for artisans.

#NICEStories: MAH Spirits – A French Tribute to Mahua

Mahua in France

France has Cognac. Japan has Sake. Korea has Soju. Scotland has the infamous Scotch. The list can go on but not longer than the one our country possesses. From the Goan Feni, Kerala Toddy, Rajasthan’s royal Kesar Kasturi to the Rice & Wine Beers of Northeastern India and Central India’s beloved Mahua, Indian country liquors are diversely unique. Follow our conversation with Mr. Rahul Srivastava to know how the team behind MAH Spirits is collaborating to revive traditional Indian country liquors with Mahua as its forerunner.