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Damn right I’ve got the blues

Classic blue & white – beyond fashion Some colour combinations transcend the whims of fashion to become perennial favourites. Timeless blue and white is a decorative pairing that has stood...

Ringing in the New Season

Feeling the chill at night? There’s no doubt winter is heading our way. And this year, autumn has dished up a double hit, coinciding with quarantines imposed to contain the...

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The Great Rann of Kutch

A day’s break from a recent textile mission in the historic town of Bhuj in the Gujarat region of northwest India, took me closer to the Pakistani border into the...

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The Best Chai – Here’s How

On a recent visit to Jaipur, I was given meticulous instructions as to how to make authentic Indian chai. None of this tea bag stuff, loaded with cinnamon! Cardamom is...

The Royal Weave

Jamdani is an exquisite weaving technique originating from Dhaka, now in Bangladesh, and parts of West Bengal. So fine were the fabrics, and so delicate the woven embellishments, that it...

Nordeen Knows

In the incessant hustle that is India, where everyone seems to be either on the make or on the take, sometimes someone comes along who miraculously makes problems go away...

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The wasteland of Nukus, Uzbekistan

I’d never recommend anyone to visit Nukus to enjoy scenery, weather or cultural ambience. Tucked up in the northwest corner of Uzbekistan, the capital of the Karakalpakstan region, it is...

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A Cotton Tale

During the Soviet era in Uzbekistan, production of the highly desirable cotton crop escalated dramatically. Quotas were introduced to ensure production of massive tonnages and during the harvest, entire communities...

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Patan Patola – 40 generations of tradition

India’s first family of weavers I was reading the other day about an Australian wine maker who claimed status as a second generation producer. It got me thinking about history...

Do No Harm Silk

Ahimsa Silk – ethical silk production Ahimsa means ‘do no harm’ or ‘non-violence’ in Hindi, and it is the expression often used to describe ‘wild’ silk. How can harm be...