It’s on October 26th!!!! What? I am so late in posting this but there’s still time, people! Diwali is right around the corner. I’m so happy to see all sorts of invitation greeting card companies designing for all types of holidays from Christmas to Diwali. Here is a list of companies where Diwali cards can be purchased.
Minted.com, one of my favs when it comes to ‘papel’ has introduced their very first Diwali card collection. All the designs are sourced from independent designers from all over the world who enter design challenges on their site. I LOVE that! They are tapping into every ethnicity and acknowledging all cultural traditions.
TinyPrints went a little further than just designing Diwali greeting cards. You can also order your Diwali party invitations, which can be fully customized. Mix and match your favorite designs and colors then have your Diwali cards printed with labels and choice of colored envelopes.
source: 3 Bees Paperie, Minted, and Tiny Prints
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I’m so excited BollyInstyle sidekick Richa is back from her trip to India. I’m a few weeks late, but I just found these beautiful designed India guide books by Fiona Caulfield that would have been perfect for her trip. Sorry, Richa!
These are so beautifully designed. Makes we want to pack my bags and purchase a boarding pass. Even better, all maps are printed on eco-friendly, hand-made paper. And the best is that no child labour has been involved in the whole manufacturing process.
These wonderful whimsical drawings are currently available for Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai. There’s a long list of places (online and in-stores) where to buy. Here is a list that spans throughout the world! For U.S residents, amazon.com may be the best choice which includes free shipping as an option.
source: Love Travel Guides
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My obsession for block printing is of course widely apparent on this site. It seems block printing designs has been coming my way in herds lately.
Well, here’s a little something to add to my list. What do you think? I think these stamps would make great looking vintage invites. Spotted over at The Asian Wedding Editors Guide. I would love to grab myself a set of these wooden print blocks for my next DIY project.
source: Harabu House and The Asian Wedding Editor’s Guide
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“You mean the paper is made from elephant poo?” When I first heard about Haathi Chaap, a company that specializes in turning elephant poop into stationary and paper products, I thought it sounded gross, but then I realized that the products are actually beneficial to the environment. And the stationary is simply adorable! Besides paper, Haathi Chap makes several other gift ideas such as photo albums, journals, and bags – all can be seen on their website under their “Sooper Pooper Products”. The products usually feature the backend of an elephant, which is probably a tribute to the paper making process.
Anyone who has ever ridden or been around elephants has probably noticed the huge piles of dung that is left behind. Vijendra and Mahima, the developers of Haathi Chaap, noticed a similarity to paper fiber and decided to start testing ways to make it into paper. While traveling to a small area around Jaipur (on elephant back) they noticed the dry elephant dung resembled the fiber in which they made paper from, and a light bulb went off. From that point, they performed numerous tests, some which don’t need repeating and came out with reusable paper! There is several steps in to making these poo products. One in which it is washed thoroughly until all that is left is fibre. Next it is cooked for up to five hours to become bacteria free! After a few other steps including sorting, pulping, couching, and calendering, you have paper! They are not the only ones investing in elephant poop my friends. It may be hard to believe, but eco-resorts throughout Asia have begun to use poop as a way to use green power at the resort as well as solve disposal problems. So there you have it – Holy Poop!
source: Haathi Chaap
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I found this Indian inspired typeface through Fly. I love Andrea and her blog. One of my favorites places to go for inspiration.
Andrea’s classmate friend, Beth Shirrell has equally amazing talent designing this Kalakari font, which means ornamentation in Hindi. Beth describes below what led to the inspiration from India…
“I explored typographic expression by creating a display font that captures and reflects the ornate culture of India. Specifically taking impetus from the country’s architecture, the ancient art of henna painting, and Hindu iconography. The font is a collection of 26 majuscule forms that make up the English alphabet. Kalakari translates from Hindi to English to mean ornamentation.” via fly
source: Beth Shirrell
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