COVID-19 Lockdown and India’s Obsession With Jalebi

Since March 24th, 2020, India has been under strict lockdown. Everything started looking cleaner slowly. Streets in my locality are easy to walk now. Only a few people are seen during evening and morning walks. Street dogs and cats are almost invisible and so are the cows.

While the lockdown is a terrible thing that has happened to us, somewhere in my heart, I kind of feel more relaxed. There is nowhere to go, nowhere to be at, no deadlines to catchup with because everything is postponed, including weddings and celebrations.

I’ve been lurking around on Youtube, Vigo and Tiktok just for some fun during these testing times. I used to visit these places earlier too but now the frequency has gone up.

I’ve come to know that Vigo is a cheaper version of Tiktok and later I learnt that I feel so because they’re products of the same company. After carefully observing the screen life of these Vigo and Tiktok users, I’ve come to learn a few things:

A. These users love to flaunt new dresses. Once they buy a new dress, they post at least 10-20 senseless videos in that dress. As if they’re in a hurry to return it and get a refund.

B. There are only a few OC posters who’re doing good job in DIY, Cooking, Humour etc.

One interesting thing that I’ve come across during the lockdown is that since these users aren’t not able to go out during the lockdown, their creativity has come to a halt. But there are some users who’ve initiated this great cause of keeping their audience’s sweet tooth in happy by posting innovative ways of making sweets when people don’t have much condiments available at home and yet they want to enjoy home made sweets.

For instance, on Youtube, there are channels who’d tell you how to make Indian sweet Jalebi for whole family with only 4 table spoon of all purpose flour.

While another video says – “Make Chef level Jalebi in 10 minutes during the lockdown”.

Another just says “Instant Jalebi” in title.

On Vigo and Tiktok, Jalebi posts initiated by some users, now has become the hot topic and is being tried by every user. Some of them are using old sauce and ketchup bottles to pour the batter while other users who’ve more control over their cooking, are directly pouring it from a cheese cloth as a halwai (an Indian chef who cooks for parties) would do. I’ve learnt words like “Ek Taar Ki Chashni” that is single thread sugar syrup.

During the lockdown, India’s biggest newspapers have started covering these topics too. A newspaper with tagline Journalism Of Courage has recently published this story.

Major news channels in India have published at least one Jalebi recipe in past one week. Jalebi seems like a hot topic for news channels too.

Yesterday, on 3rd May 2020, Government Of India has extended the lockdown for the second time. And at this point, I feel lethargic and deprived of my daily dose of vitamin D.

Recently, I’ve come across the articles from some reputed sources that there is a direct connection between lack of Vitamin D and Corona virus. Studies suggest that people with vitamin D deficiency are getting Corona infection much easily. Of course, the age and pre-existing conditions add to it.

It seems, I won’t be able to step out for two more weeks. I’m bored to death after lots of DIY, lots of play time with my kittens, cooking and cleaning, I’ve decided to treat myself with Jalebi. I specially loved this Jalebi recipe from Times Of India and I’m sure that this is the one I’m going to try tomorrow.

Trend Alert: Colorblock Pillow Trends Interior Design 2020

  • Colorblock is a new trend that interior designers are after in 2020
  • Colors can be mixed and matched to create beautiful asymmetrical patterns.
  • Adjust the colors depending on the season, such as burnt orange and black for fall, spring green and yellow for springs etc.

Color blocking is a technique that involves pairing two or more colors together, is a popular trend in interior design, and can be easily achieved in living rooms by using contrasting colorblock pillows, having two or more colors painted on the wall. The look can be finished with solid color or geometrical rug. near the sofa.

In 2013-14, Colorblocking was being used in widely by the interior decorators and fashion designers. The trend is back with a twist now.

Here are four cool ways to brighten up your interiors using Color Block.

Color Blocking in Furniture

Two colors, Teal and Mustard look great together.
A touch of Velvet in Mauve, Aubergine and Beige is wonderfully implemented in this Sofa
A Pouf made of rafia in Salmon and Beige is just beautiful Colorblock interiors inspiration

Color Block Curtains for Smart Interiors

Color Block Cushions and Throw Pillows

Color Block Dinner Table Decoration

The folklore Puppets along with the myths

Story Telling Puppets Of Nepal

Nadia Islam Nitul

Nepalese Himalayan Puppets and Dolls represent authentic Nepali culture, dress and lifestyles.They are very popular as memento items among the tourists. These puppets and dolls are available in different shape,sizes, colors and costumes of various ethnic groups like Newari, Maithili, Jyapu, Sherpa etc from Nepal. They are made of wood, cotton,clay, nylon fiber, cotton thread etc. and painted and then get dressed in traditional costumes of different ethnic groups.They are also available in different forms of God and Goddess like: Kumara,Bhairav,Ganesha,Shiva,Buddha and lakhey etc. some religious diversities are characterized in those puppets

Kumari Puppets and Dolls represents Kumari Devi-The Living Goddess is believed to be the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju(the Nepalese name for Durga) until she menstruates, after which it is believed that the goddess vacates her body. Kumari lives in the building known as the Kumari Ghar, right beside Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. In Nepal Kumari is given high…

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Hand Block Printed Linen Fabrics For Home Furnishing and Dresses

Hey there!

It’s been a long time since I published here. In my defence, I was trying to make candy floss and caps for Santa 🙂

I also managed to find some lovely raw materials and supplies for hand block printed linen fabric. So, now you can order the block printed linen fabric by meter from DesiCrafts!

Read on to see what I got for you…



With help of a young hand block printer from Chennai (who is an expert in his work), DesiCrafts was able to produce the prints locally and in lesser time now!!!

Have a look at the prints that we are offering at our website now:

This is Tree Of Life pattern fabric, 100% linen, it is great that the fabric comes in extra wide measurements like 58″-60″.

It requires a little extra work too because all our printing tables are made for standard width that is 44″-45″. But we manage to print by setting up the remaining width again on the table. Of course, it takes time but the outcome is fabulous as always!


At first, we introduced only two patterns- Tree Of Life and Kashmir Flower pattern. See the picture below:


Over the year, we introduced about 20 new patterns and colors to our ‘Made To Order’ fabrics range. We started with Indigo (our favourite color) and expanded to some crazy color combinations, representing the bright Indian side of fabrics.


Here are some brightest colors that we added to our range:

Marigold in Yellow and Green


Marigold in Orange


And the tulips in Orange!!!


…And some pink fuchsia trees too!!!


We are accepting custom block printing orders through our Etsy shop and the website.

To order, please contact us. We’d like to let you know that DesiCrafts is now well equipped to produce hand block printed fabrics in your choice of colors and patterns. And we do it from the scratch…

How it works: 

Send us your patterns in PDF or JPEG format. We’ll make prototype wooden stamps for you. Meanwhile you share the color palette (preferably a swatch or an image). And our team of 6 printers, a 3500 square feet printing space and 7 printing tables which are 10 meters long each, will be at your service.


New Arrivals: Aztec Ribbons and Laces

Vase with flared neck céphalomorphe - Gold, Gold and cinnabar - Culture Lambayeque-Sican Museum Collection of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Lima (19 x 11.5 cm)

Historical Aztec artifacts 

What comes to your mind when somebody talks about Aztec? To me, Aztec is a world full of colors and beautiful patterns. But in reality, it is more than just colors and patterns. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, “Aztec, Nahuatl-speaking people who in the 15th and early 16th centuries ruled a large empire in what is now central and southern Mexico. The Aztec are so called from Aztlán (“White Land”), an allusion to their origins, probably in northern Mexico.”

Wikipedia suggests that from 13th to 16th century Aztec Civilization  bloomed in central Mexico. Aztec patterns are mostly geometrical, with lot of detail and use of triangle and sphere. DesiCrafts brings to you a collection of Aztec pattern ribbons, laces and fabrics, so browse on…

Black and gold Aztec ribbon by DesiCrafts

Aztec pattern Gold and Black Ribbon – Buy Here

Black and Gold Chevron, Aztec Ribbon by DesiCrafts

Black and Gold Chevron Aztec Ribbon – Buy Here

Red and Yellow Aztec Ribbon

Red, Yellow and Gold Aztec Ribbon – Buy Here


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Credit to All Images:

All historical artifacts from left to right:

1. Vase with flared neck céphalomorphe – Gold, Gold and cinnabar – Culture Lambayeque-Sican Museum Collection of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Lima 

2. Moche culture of Peru, Ornament in the form of a feline face, c.100-450

3. Large Vintage Mexican Ceramic Tree of Life Candelabra, Mexico

4. Pinterest Board Aztec Patterns

A guide To Marsala : Pantone Color Of The Year 2015

It’s official now, Marsala is the Pantone color of the year 2015 and so it is talk of the fashion town lately. While fashion and Interior designers are busy in creating new range of fashion, beauty and luxury products, fashionistas have started started planning in advance so as to what they will buy for home, kids and for themselves when their favourite products finally hit the market. Fashion and beauty blogs are on fire and getting loads of attention for this hot Sicilian color, named after a wine.

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Pantone color of the year 2015 – Marsala – All about Marsala –  The color –  How to mix

Featured Artist: Solene Bucci

Solene Bucci is a ceramicist from France – the motherland to some great artists in the world. She owns a shop ‘Solene Bucci Ceramics’ in Miers town where she designs beautiful pottery with her partner at their workshop.

Solene Bucci Ceramics

Solene takes her inspiration from the mother nature which is clearly reflected in her work. The ceramic pottery made by Solene has details of textile prints, her creations are truly inspired by vegetables and fruits in terms of color and texture.

When I saw her workshop, I could feel the smell of french earth in those pictures. The workshop is spread across a wide open area with airy rooms of french style.

Solene’s pottery is inspired by fabric patterns, flowers and leaves

Solene and her partner Benjamin Tailland, who is also a potter by profession, make beautiful pottery using sandstone. While Benjamin’s work is focused on pottery; Solene enjoys creating lovely jewelry and items of daily use along with making beautiful pottery.

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Tea Silk Dyeing: The Expert’s Way

Tea As an Organic Dye

Did you know, apart from being used in making nice beverages, Tea leaves can be used as an organic dye for textiles, mainly for silks.

Kathrin von Rechenber Tea Silk Fabric

I didn’t know until I explored the amazing art of textile dying using tea. A complicated dying process makes a unique and precious tea silk fabric. Fashion designer Kathrin von Rechenberg is making her mark in a male dominated industry through producing finest quality hand dyed tea silk. While much of Chinese fashion world is obsessing about big brands such as Gucci, Louise Vuitton and Chanel, Kathrin von Rechenberg has embraced an ancient art of tea silk dyeing to produce trendy fashionable wear.

Munich born Kathrin traveled to China in search of a very special fabric called tea silk which became her signature fabric when she founded her own designer label. Since then, tea silk has been the identity of The Rechenberg Couture.

The Dyeing Process:
Kathrin’s store follows a long process of dyeing the fabric and hence her label produces very best kind of dresses for women.

The regular procedure adopted by many silk dyeing units and production houses is as follows:

Tea Silk in Dark Cinanmon - Image courtesy -

Tea silk dyeing starts with procuring right kind of neutral color silk, that has no mixing. It is very important for the dyeing process that the silk is one hundred percent pure. Any mixing of synthetic yarn can bring a lot of color difference. The fabric is sent to the dyeing center where it is hand dyed using tea leaves and twigs. Depending on the requirement, the fabric is repeatedly dipped into yam root dye solution.

After dyeing, the fabric is then left under the sun, in a grass field. The grass keeps it from touching the hot earth directly. The drying process is repeated as many as 20-30 times. The sun gives dyed fabric a nice and permanent color. The process may take longer time depending on the weather.

The fabric is then soaked in red mud extracted from the river. After this fabric is dried again. The fabric is washed thoroughly after drying. Washed fabric is again dried and now it looks dark on one side and rusty red on another side.

Now the fabric is sent to the tailors for creating beautiful dresses.

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Shopping for the Holiday Season: Sari Dresses in Vogue

Sari is an integral part of Indian culture. Over the time, sari has taken many forms and adorned by women around the world, this six yards piece of fabric is now making its presence felt in the global fashion industry.
Sari is usually worn with a blouse or a top. But what would you say about those creative designers who thought it would be a good idea to make dresses for modern women using sari?

Up-cycled jewelry made using a sari, ribbons, cushion covers, curtains and bedsheets is what we all have tried at some point of time in our lives. But have a look at this gorgeous Sari dress contributed by pinner E Shelton on her Pinterest board, it looks very modern and I would be surprised if a fashion lover wouldn’t want to wear it to her next cocktail party. But wait, I am sorry to tell you that you can’t have it. Why? Well… because this sari dress is sixty four years old and part of the collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Another one in the list is a medium blue and gold sari dress from 1950s. This sari dress was found atTheVintageStudio that sells vintage clothes and garments made from vintage supplies. I love the detailed Jari work on the dress. The neckline and waistband on the dress looks so modern.

Nothing is better than Black and Gold (Or Black and Silver) party dress, and this off shoulder sari dress tops all of them. Look at the fine detailing of silver jari weaves over Black background on the upper part of this dress. I guess this is the pallu of the sari that is used to make the upper part of the dress. Lower part is obviously made of the other portion from the sari fabric.

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