Friday, May 17, 2013

Shop India’s Hidden Treasures Online

Whether you’re yearning for a trip to the east, or you just adore collecting and learning about handcrafted artisanal pieces—you’ll definitely be agog for Jaypore’s curated online-shopping finds!

Launched in October 2012, the e-tailer (with offices in Sausalito, California and New Delhi, India) brings shoppers worldwide to unknown artisans and craftsmen from all over India that have honed their talent through generations of ancestry. With products ranging from home décor, accessories, jewelry, apparel, artwork, literature, vintage items, and so on—there’s really something for everyone, no matter what your personal style or age!

1. For art aficionados, Krsna Mehta’s “Garden of Love” (from the “Ras Leela” collection) boasts a high-octane fusion of culture, colors, and visual splendor. This digital art print comes signed by the artist and framed in a black, wooden frame—weighing a total of 4.41 lbs.

2. For the handbag lady, this pale yellow “Madison” tote (from the “Manhattan” collection) is the perfect subtle, on-trend accessory for the season. The price tag reflects the handcrafted soft, genuine Cow Banjo leather and zinc alloy used to create such a classic accessory. It’s perfect for a day trip or your daily errands, and it’s effortlessly city chic!

3. For the accessory collector, this green “Maheshwari” silk and cotton dupatta (stole) is the perfect graceful take on the season’s floral print and color-block trend. The scarf is hand-woven and hand-block-printed using the rare Kota weaving technique that dates back to the 1700s.

4. For fashion historians and bookworms alike, India’s preeminent fashion designer Ritu Kumar’s hardbound book, “Costumes and Textiles of Royal India,” offers an in-depth study into the evolution of Indian royal costumes—spanning the centuries from the reign of the Mughal Empire and the days of the British Raj to Indian independence and modern-day Indian royalty. The book covers both men’s and women’s garments, Hindu and Muslim styles, and documents the evolution of the east-meets-west fashions. It’s an excellent addition to your coffee table, or at-home library!
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