#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: 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: Adira Thoughtful and Sustainable Gifting

Corporate gifting rises to a whole new level with Adira Thoughtful Gifting! If you are a company looking to gift your employees more thoughtfully, then Adira is your go-to place. Adira – Thoughtful Gifting was created by Kadambari Misra, nearly 2 years ago. She started Adira with a motive to put more thought and care into corporate gifting. During her job in the corporate world, she noticed constant negligence in the gifts people like her received from the company. She believes gifting should be based on aesthetics, reusability and thoughtfulness. Catch our conversation with Kadambari as she recounts the inception of her brand and highlights the representation of India’s heritage in her cultural enterprise. 

#NICEStories: Paytaan – Revamping the Indian Leather Footwear Industry

Paytaan is a cultural enterprise that focuses on the manufacture and trade of leather footwear like Kolhapuri chappal. 

Kolhapuri chappals date back to over 800 years ago worn mainly by the royal lineage- a matter of honor. This elevates the importance of this uniquely crafted product in the cultural history of India. Paytaan is more than just chappals – they are focused on building a better ecosystem for this industry while creating an international brand for Indian craftsmanship.

Let’s take a deep dive into the roots of Paytaan with the founder, Anurag Kokitkar.

#NICEStories: Shoegaro Platform for promoting and selling Indian Handmade Footwear

What’s better than handcrafted footwear that’s affordable and convenient? Shoegaro is a cultural enterprise acting as a platform for artisans to sell handmade footwear. So far, almost 250 artisan families have been positively impacted through Shoegaro. It aims to uphold the Indian art of shoemaking, while making it affordable for customers as well as profitable for the artisans involved. Follow our conversation with Ankit, as he talks about the inception of Shoegaro, the state of artisans in this industry and the challenges that came along while setting up this private enterprise.