A peacock feather composed of gold and purple holds more meaning than just serving as the lovely logo of Luxembourg based shop Mélange. Gold stands for the “Golden Bird” name India was often called during the flourish of sea trade hundreds of years ago, and for India’s exuberant cultural heritage. As the royal hue of the Maharaja, purple represents the spirit of India and the fantastic experiences the founder experienced there.
Looking to update your home décor? Ready to collect some new art? Or, perhaps you’re simply looking for handicrafts and wellness products from India? Mélange—Inspired by India– has just the ticket.
Mélange makes various products from India available to consumers around the globe. With exciting items including enchanting beds, games, teas, trunks, and chairs; Mélange offers functional, striking items. Providing a delightful taste of South Asia.
The idea for the store began during a trip to India, and from the accompanying fascination with the rich design history & culture there. The goal with the store was to connect talented Indian designers with consumers. Goal accomplished: customers can purchase pieces both online and offline. Few places hold the sort of collections that Mélange boasts: textiles, furniture, natural treats, art, and then some.
Also providing information on the stories behind the items, Mélange allows the customer to connect with the artisans and designers of the highly covetable pieces available on the site. This also encourages consumers to support social entrepreneurship.
Ready to browse their goods? Check them out!
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BollyInstyle has been dormant since the birth of my twins….so so SO sorry readers! Just needed a break to get the family adjusted. While the house has been a happy chaos, my inbox has filled up many many new findings, which I plan to unveil slowly but surely. Happy to be back and hope to start connecting with you all again.
Let’s start off with some gorgeousness! A new wedding site that will have you clicking away for hours. Is there anything more magical than watching two people head-over-heels in love tie the knot? Well, perhaps going through it yourself:)
Even though I have been married for five years, I still love perusing inspirational wedding blogs and websites. (I suppose you could call me an ever enthusiastic romantic!) I mean, I can still use a lot of the ideas for parties and future weddings of friends, right?
Whether you’re a future blushing bride or simply looking; you MUST check out Shaadi Belles. I’m so excited to share this site with you…and pretty proud to say that a dear friend is behind it all.
As the #1 source for South Asian wedding inspiration, you can get lost for hours browsing through stunning inspiring images of everything from gowns to food and drinks, stationary, beauty, and more. The bridal mehndi photos make me want to decorate my hands and feet immediately.
Another fantastic thing about the site? You can browse through images that spark your imagination by color! Not only do dress, jewelry, and makeup photos in that color come up; but also decoration, flowers, and venue ideas as well. Plus, I love anything that makes it easy for me to save my favorite photos in one spot. Shaadi Belles is very similar to Pinterest in the way you can ‘heart’ your top images.
And hey, dear readers, go ahead and ‘like’ them on Facebook as well!
source: Shaadi Belles
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I’m sure by now you can tell the LOVE we have for block printing. After taking a letterpress class, I gained much appreciation for each letterpress print I see. The time consuming process that goes into each intricate design is similar to the methods used in completing woodblocks for block printing. Home decor retailer, West Elm recently visited the ‘best of the best’ block printing artisans in Rajasthan and created a short film about the entire process. Check it out here.
source:West Elm and YouTube
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Hi everyone, it’s Richa from MalaHandmade! Today’s post starts with fashion wisdom from Heidi Klum: one day you’re in, the next day you’re out. But I’ll add that what’s out is destined to be trendy again — like vintage clothing. I loved (and still do!) raiding my mom’s closet for anything she would let me get my hands on. While fashion is always recycling past trends, for me there’s no substitute for authentic pieces from the past. Not only have some methods of garment construction been rendered obsolete, but the colors, prints, and even wear-and-tear of real pieces from the past are irreplaceable.
That’s where Gurmeet Grewal comes in. Her online vintage clothing boutique, GiGi Vintage, launched this year and offers a variety of clothes, accessories, and shoes from the 1920′s to 1990′s. Every item is unique and handpicked during trips around the world. While I’m still in denial that the 90′s is considered vintage, Gigi Vintage is well-curated for current trends. If you love the broad shoulders that have trickled down from Balenciaga to Rihanna and now retail worldwide, many of her dresses hit the mark. And after seasons of denying the romper trend, the raindrops print playsuit is adorable. Grewal makes a good argument for vintage pieces as sustainable fashion: wearing and buying vintage often captures catwalk trends at a fraction of the cost – with the bonus of being the real thing.
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source: GiGi Vintage
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Launched in 2009, Dia Living was started by Sumeera and Nadia after visiting small local communities throughout the world from Pakistan, India, UK, Morocco, Peru and Mexico. Their upbringing combined with their love of travel allowed Sumeera and Nadia to naturally attain a keen eye for luxurious textiles. Their father opened two of Pakistan’s first garment factories and exported hand-printed line of textiles. And their grandmother taught traditional crafts and fabric dying techniques to underprivileged women. They say history repeats itself. These two women did just that…acted upon their father’s experience and grandmother’s wisdom. Dia’s collection brilliantly combines influences from many styles and vintage techniques. You will find bedding, throws, wraps, pillows, scarves, towels, linens, silk, and rugs.
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