#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: 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: 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: 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: Korakari- Bringing sustainable footwear to households

With the movement towards more sustainable fashion, why look any further than our own culture that has long cherished sustainability? Follow our conversation with Mr. Dileep More to know more about the journey of Korakari, a company that not only gives Kolhapuri chappals a platform but also strives to give artisans better wages and working environment.

#NICEStories: Dus Dishaa – Creating a Unique Experience Through Walks

Dus Dishaa

There truly exists no better way to thoroughly explore a city, than by foot. Long walks down winding paths, while listening to stories about the places you are visiting and being able to map your own path across the city while visiting historically famous areas and monuments is an experience like no other. This is what Dus Dishaa brings to you, curated special walks across Prayagraj, tailored to your wishes and expectations.

#NICEStories: Vibrant Hues- The Beauty of Hand Embroidered Sarees

Vibrant Hues Sarees

Sarees, a cultural imprint of India known worldwide. Six meters of long vivid colors that catch an ethereal beauty transforming a person. Each thread is a piece to a story portrayed by the artisan in their preferred language. VibrantHues, by Rituparna De and her two co-founders, aims to achieve her vision of bringing out the artisanal beauty of sarees to showcase to the world. Along with sarees, they have also recently started product lines in stoles, dupattas, hand-made jewelry, kantha embroidered bed covers and cushion covers, etc.

#NICEStories: Investing in Adukale, a Food Cultural Business

Looking to fund your cultural enterprise but don’t know how it works? Our recent talk with one of the investors of Adukale – a food-based cultural enterprise covers just that. Adukale is a cultural food enterprise selling ready-to-eat items made with natural ingredients without any added preservatives. Investor Ashwathnarayana talks about the process and challenges behind investing in cultural enterprises. Ashwathanarayana along with his ex-colleagues at Infosys started a Social Venture to invest in early seed level companies that are heading towards becoming promising startups. He talks about the process and challenges behind investing in cultural enterprises. Read on to find out what Ashwathnarayana has to say about Adukale’s growth along with the broader picture of being an investor in other such cultural enterprises.

#NICEStories: Travelling through Time with Heritage Inspired

Ever wondered about the rich legacy left behind by our ancestors? Heritage Inspired is here to traverse the trails of history and find out answers to millions of unanswered questions about our deep heritage.
Experiential and insightful tours etched in the prosperous South Indian heritage, Heritage Inspired promotes all-inclusive luxury tourism.
Follow Anand Rajarathinam’s detailed journey as he weaves out an enterprise out of a sheer passion for Indian history.