#artisan

3 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight: screen-printing.

The most defining feature of our Sahara chest of drawers is the screen-printed patterns. One of the earliest methods of printing, dating back over two thousand years, it brings an ethnic, folkish feel to this otherwise mid-century shaped design.

4 years ago · 7 min read
Dinesh, 45 – carpenter.

“Carpentry has been in my family for generations. I’ve been around it from a very early age, picking up skills as I got older. It’s more than a job for me. I even have my own band saw at home.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Kanharam, 21 – stainer.

“My outlook on life is simple. I’m happy to take life as it comes. I approach life with this line in my head: ‘I’ve put my boat in the water, let the water decide where it moves.’”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Hastaram, 22 – sander.

Hastaram actually means ‘laughing man’. But when we talk to Hastaram, we soon learn he’s a serious character. He laughed when we asked to take his photograph though.

4 years ago · 7 min read
Harivansh, 31 – welder.

“I love history and I love travel. I grew up in Uttar Pradesh, but then travelled with a group of friends. We came to Jaipur a few years ago to explore its history. The fort and the palace are my favourite places here.” We asked him where his favourite place is in the world, but […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
Sumer, 28 – painter.

I moved from my home in Mandawa when I’d just turned twenty. It’s a place of strong community, so it makes the distance easy to cope with. My childhood friends are still my friends. Phones help too, but it can be hard to end a call sometimes. 15 minutes later and I’m still there.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Truong – frame constructor.

“When I’m not working, I spend most of my time playing football. I’m a fan of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United. My favourite player is Messi because he’s so passionate. I’d love to be like him.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
From time to time: longevity in China.

Just watching her, the movement of her arms and her legs, soft and slow, determined and confident, is hypnotic. Bearing cameras and foreign curiosity, we’re at first concerned that we may be disturbing her. We soon realise she hasn’t registered our presence at all. Such is the power of tai chi – a centuries old […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
Artisans around the world: China and Vietnam.

Our journey continues. Our blog expedition takes us around the world visiting the workshops where our pieces are made, recognising the skill of the artisans who craft them. From the North of India with its pink mountains and dry terrain, to the tropical South with its palm trees and scenic coastline, we now head easterly […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
On the road: remote India.

Inside the 4X4 everyone grows quiet as we emerge from the energetic city, into the countryside, journeying to one of our craft villages. The scenery, with its fields and mountains, sparse and empty, has lulled us into tranquillity. The lilting sound of Hindi music playing quietly on the car stereo is our soundtrack as we […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
How did you learn your skill?

Mohd sits on the edge of what’s called a pit loom, a large hole dug out of the ground, the loom placed over the top, his feet operating the pedals below. “A friend invited me to Panipat, the place where dhurries originate, so that I could learn to weave them. My skill is a ‘boon’ […]