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Uzbek Handicrafts

Going Global

Globetrotting adventures are off the travel agenda for now. But as we dream of the holiday that didn’t happen, we make a compelling and affordable alternative destination, enticing you to…

The Joy of Aroma

We’ve talked about the magic powers of aromas in our lives and the gorgeous essential oils we use in our handmade soaps. Now I’m excited to introduce a recent discovery…

The Seduction of Handmade Soap

Our artisan soap maker Jackie Birch – yes folks, interest declared, it’s sister power  – is a wizard alchemist. She’s been making soap and luscious body scrubs, moisturisers, serums and…

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…