A Very Happy and Colorful Holi to All of You!


A Very Happy and Colorful Holi to All of You!

Holi in Vrindavan. Image credit: http://goindia.about.com

Read more by DesiCrafts on Holi here: http://desicraft.blogspot.in/2014/03/holi-holidays-gifts-colors-and-lots-of.html

And read a rather elaborated piece on the festival of colors here: http://www.desicraftshop.com/blogs/desicrafts

Phulkari – A Rich Heritage of Punjab


Ih phulkari meri maan ne kadhi, iss noo ghut ghut japhiyan paawan
(“My dear mother has embroidered this phulkari with her hands, I embrace it again and again with affection) These are lines from a traditional Punjabi song in which a woman is admiring her Phulkari dupatta. The woman had to to leave her parent’s house after getting married, and now she remembers her mother who has embroidered this dupatta for her wedding day.

We were in Punjab recently and have collected some Phulkari treasure made by rural women of Punjab.

The fabric that we’ve featured here are hand embroidered by ladies in Punjab. The embroidery on these fabrics is known as ‘Phulkari’ or ‘Phoolkari’ (dev nagri फुलकारी ) which means the art of making flowers.

Although, Phulkari is done over a thick cotton fabric, we have used pure silk fabrics for these sample pieces.  Keep visiting to know more about this art and while we write another blog post on Phulkari, please enjoy a wikipedia article about this art here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phulkari

Featured DesiArtist: Gunjan Aylawadi


We love handmade and we admire anything that is made using organic materials.

While browsing the internet we came across this talented paper artist Gunjan Aylawadi. Gunjan is a paper artist based in Sydney, Australia.

Paper artist Aylawadi with her lovely wall art made of paper

Paper artist Aylawadi with her lovely wall art made of paper

By employing a unique method of paper cutting and curling, she adds layers of texture and sculptural form to her hand drawn art and this is how these beautiful creations are made.

Work in Progress - Gunjan Aylawadi

Work in Progress – Gunjan Aylawadi

Gunjan is a certified paper artist . According to Gunjan “I developed this method of using paper after spending a long time exploring paper sculptures. This process stuck because of the rich detail it adds to my ideas and forms.”

Her awesome paper artwork is available for sale at Saatchi

Here are few more pictures from Gunjan’s facebook pageA close-up - Gunjan Aylawadi's paper artwork

A close-up – Gunjan Aylawadi’s paper artwork
A wall art made using paper by Gunjan Aylawadi

A wall art made using paper by Gunjan AylawadiMore from the workshop-Gunjan Aylawadi

More from the workshop-Gunjan Aylawadi

To view and appreciate more of Gunjan’s work, please visit http://gunjanaylawadi.com/

Alert : New Look of Our Website


Hello there!

Happy New Year to all of you :)

Yes, we admit…We admit that we change our website too often and this is one of those times when we announce the new look of our website.

Despite of the last re-do of our website, we realized that it was still pretty slow and we decided it is the time to move when we started receiving complaints from the customers about orders not going through, website too slow to operate etc.

So we analyzed many service providers and finally moved to a better and faster platform to serve you better.

Now DesiCrafts website is:

Faster – The website load time has decreased wonderfully and thanks to CDNs we are able to deliver you our content faster, no matter what is your location on this earth {pretty awesome, we know :D}

Smoother – New platform ensures that while you place an order, it goes smoothly and the registration process is easy for you.

Interactive – Now we have made it even more easier for you to share your favorite products with your friends and family. On each product page, you get ‘Pin it’, ‘Facebook like’, ‘Tweet’, and ‘Google+’ button for easy sharing. The website works really nice on iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Blog – Yes, this time we have integrated a Desi blog too! Now its easy to get on the Desi Bandwagon – join our blog here http://www.desicraftshop.com/blogs/desicrafts , comment and share the DIY and awesome blog pieces.

So, the work is still on and here is a sneak-peek of what we’ve been up to. We’ll be adding a wide range of products very soon. Keep visiting, surprise yourself!

Indian Silk Fabrics - Variety available at www.desicraftshop.com

Indian Silk Fabrics – Variety available at http://www.desicraftshop.com

We tried multiple banners and work is still on!

We tried multiple banners and work is still on!

DesiCrafts New Wesbite

Recently we redesigned our website and moved to a faster platform to serve you better.

FlipBoard Subscribers Promotion : Surprise Gift Giveaway Ended


DesiCrafts Blog - Block Printed Indian Cotton Fabrics

Dear Friends on Facebook, Blog, Website and at Social Media Platforms,

A very happy new year to all of you :)

Last month, we have launched a surprise giveaway for the early subscribers of our FlipBoard. Last month we received six enthusiast readers who claimed their surprise gifts.

We would like to announce that the FlipBoard Subscriber Promotion Giveaway is over now and subscribers who have confirmed their addresses, will receive their gifts soon.

Those who were not able to participate in this giveaway are requested to keep visiting our Facebook and Blog to stay informed about the latest giveaway.

Thank you so much for being part of DesiCrafts
Have a lovely 2014 :)

Woven Pom Pom Necklace : DIY Tutorial by OperationOverhaul


Operation Overhaul is a DIY inspiration site based in Singapore run by two crafty kids - Ros & Juu. The DIY necklace post that we are sharing with you is latest project by OOH (OperationOverHaul). We are posting it as it is on our blog. Enjoy the tutorial ;)

As a continuation from the last post by Juu on her statement necklace, I went on to make a slightly different version of my own!

Materials:

  • 3 chains, 15″ each
  • 3 sets of embroidery floss, 30″ each
  • Neon pink cord, 30″
  • Pom pom trim, 16″
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jump rings
  • Needle and thread (not pictured)

1. Tie a knot at the beginning of your first chain using all 3 sets of embroidery floss. Weave it through the beginning of your second chain and back, then weaving diagonally through the top left chain.

2. Repeat step 1 till the end of both chains.

3. At the end of both chains, weave the floss to and fro the last two chains several times before securing with a knot.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 using the neon pink cord and third chain.

5. Place the pom pom trim under your bottom chain. Secure it by sewing them together.

6. Finish off by attaching your lobster clasp and jump rings.

You can play around with the colours and textures of the materials, or simply make a shorter version to wear as a bracelet. Have a great week ahead!

Yarn Bombing Around the World


Liked this post so much that we are forced to copy and paste it as it is.  The original post appeared here: http://www.artfire.com/nosh/yarn-bombing/

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Learn how to yarn bomb!

Knit & Crochet public art

Everything you need to get started, including tutorials and supplies!

This entry is brought to you thanks to the wonderful Lisa Roden.

First, you need the inspiration.  Find some awesome pictures of yarn bombing all around the country in this fabulous Pinterest board.  Just click on the image.

Learn a plethora of yarn bombing ideas and stitch patterns from this fabulous Pinterest board!

Learn a plethora of yarn bombing ideas and stitch patterns from this fabulous Pinterest board!

“How do I even choose what I want to yarn bomb?” you may be asking yourself, well click on the image below for some great tips & tutorials.

Learn important tips and tricks about yarn bombing from this tutorial.

Learn important tips and tricks about yarn bombing from this tutorial.

Perhaps you’d like to do some light reading about the subject before you go out and “bomb” the streets, well there’s something for you too.

Read about yarn bombing from the pros who do it on the daily. Patterns included!

Read about yarn bombing from the pros who do it on the daily. Patterns included!

Learn more about Yarn Bombing from this video interview of Ishknits – the Philly Bomber!

Ishknits about to Yarn Bomb an out-of-order public phone.

Ishknits about to Yarn Bomb an out-of-order public phone.

Now that you know all about yarn bombing it’s time for you to get started.  Lucky for you, ArtFire has a great variety of instructional books & materials for incredibly low prices. Check some of them out below,  just click on the images.