Reviving Organic Clothing
Chennai-based social enterprise Tula introduced its conscious clothing line to Goa in a five-day exhibition that celebrated the artisanal Indian tradition of hand spinning, hand weaving, and natural dyeing of cotton. “Tula is an endeavour to make fellow citizens rethink their clothing choices. Just like the shift to organic food consumption, a shift to organic clothing of the kind that Tula represents will mean not just greater comfort and better clothing on your body – it is also about supporting many rural livelihoods. It is about the revival of traditional skills. It is about a different paradigm of sustainable living. Tula also focuses on reviving heirloom cotton seeds, to pull farmers out of the agrarian distress engulfing them,” said the founder of Tula and safe food activist, Ananthoo. “Tula is a not-for-profit clothing line that was set up in 2014. The customer can be sure that in this garment line, the largest proportion of revenue goes into supporting organic farmers, spinners, weavers, natural dyers, and tailors,” he added. Organic desi cotton is sourced from farmers in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and then spun and woven into the fabric in the same three states. Tula’s main mode of marketing is […]
Affordable wedding earrings collection launched by Puja Mapxencar
Puja Mapxencar, a fashion designer residing in Goa, recently launched an earrings wedding collection. All the earrings are handmade in India by craftsmen. The collection consists of long German silver hanging earrings & Jhumkas, temple jewellery, Bali’s, kundan jewellery, and gold plated American diamonds. The price range of the earrings is approximately between Rs.250 to Rs.700. Mapxencar says: “We have made it lightweight and cost friendly keeping in mind our customers’ requirements.” Each pair of earrings made is different and unique, therefore no one else will have the same pair. This jewellery is available at the Kandida boutique in Panaji and at 1930 Vasco. It’s not only for the bride but anyone going for the wedding, like the bride’s friends, can wear them. “Jewellery enhances the look even if the dress is simple,” Mapxencar states.
Diversity of India showcased through Lokotsav 2019 festival
Lokotsav 2019- the festival of handicrafts and folk artists- was inaugurated at Kala Academy on 11th January. It started off with a rath entry which was followed by a cultural performance. The dignitaries received tokens of appreciation and proceeded to light the inauguration lamp. One of the dignitaries commented: “The central theme of Lokotsav is craft. (The items) are made by hand, love and natural products. After the industrial revolution, hand-made items were replaced by machine-made items. This resulted in a loss of human culture.” He felt that machines have threatened the livelihood of craftspeople and so Lokotsav is a good platform for artisans all over India. The rest of the night had beautiful performances such as Ghumar from Hariyana, Bihu dance from Assam, Veerbhadra from Goa, Mevasi from Gujarat, and more. More than 500 stalls of various handcrafted items are put up for the public to view and purchase. Govind Gaude, minister of Art & Culture, said: “Indian culture is preserved through such festivals. There are 15 states participating. We had started with 200 stalls and now we have reached almost 600 stalls.” (The festival will end on 20th January 2019) Pic Credit: Hemant Parab| NT
The Christmas season inspired handcrafted items at Natal Bazaar
Museum of Goa in collaboration with CraftStories organised a Natal bazaar during the Christmas season. They sold a variety of items which well-suited the festive season. Some of these items included cakes, handmade flowers, artificial jewellery, lamps, bags, food items, candles, and more. People got to put their creativity on display through various handcrafted products. Along with the bazaar, there were other fun-filled activities such as a carol singing competition, face-painting, drawing competition, etc. Christmas themed workshops were held as well where people of all ages learnt and enjoyed. Some of the stalls belonged to Monica’s gift shop, Kitsch bits, Craftstories, Raika, Nazaaqaut, Soul potion, Feelings and others.
Pantaloons launches ‘Festive’18’ collection
Pantaloons a retail fashion chain of Aditya Birla group, on August 31, celebrated the first anniversary of its flagship store located in Margao. With a good response garnered within the span of one year in the state, the company officials invited loyal customers to witness the exclusive launch of the brand’s Festive’18 collection. To mark the launch of the collection an exclusive fashion show showcasing ethnic and western wear range for men and women was held on board a cruise ship. The models showcased a vibrant ghera skirts, asymmetrical kurtas, fusion tops, maxi dresses and pinafores, while the men sported denim, classic polos and trendy kurtas. Speaking on the occasion, Gaurav Chakravarty, head marketing and loyalty, Pantaloons, said that “Goa is an important market for us and we are delighted with the overwhelming response our first store has received in the last one year. At Pantaloons, we believe in creating enriching experiences that bring consumers closer to the brand. This exclusive preview of the upcoming Festive Collection was the perfect way to thank our loyal consumers for their constant support”. Pic Credit- Hemant Parab
Keventers eyeing for expansion in the state
Indian dairy franchise, Keventers, which has around 230 outlets in nearly 50 locations around the country have also have landed on the shores of Goa recently by opening its first Keventers outlet at MG Road in Panaji, followed by another one in Tito’s lane at Baga. Boasting with a wide variety of milk beverages– from classic milk shakes to fruity shakes and after getting a good response from both the outlets in Goa, the company is now geared up to launch 11 more outlets by the end of 2019 in the state and sees Goa as a prominent market for the brand. The expected new outlets in the state will come up in locations such as – Candolim, Calangute, Vagator, Margao, Vasco, Porvorim, Colva, and Damolim airport and in the malls. While briefing the media about the expansion of the brand in Goa, CEO of Keventers, Sohrab Sitaram said that– they are quite excited to set up more outlets in Goa and is extremely optimistic about the future of the brand based on the response that is garnered so far. Further he said that, Goa might become the first state in the country to offer alcoholic milkshakes, which their outlets […]
Cottonfab 2018- Exhibition of Cotton and Silk
Kala Academy is currently holding ‘Cottonfab-2018’ which is a big exhibition of Cotton and Silk. It will end on 3rd April 2018. Many stalls are set up which are filled with different Indian handloom products. There are various saris, silks and cotton items. Other clothing items are available like dress material, kurties, and salwar-kameez. The exhibition is also selling home furnishing items, bangles, earrings, wallets, footwear, and eatables. All the products are from different places in India like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujrat, Bihar, etc. It is open from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
National Silk Expo Inaugrated
The ‘National Silk Expo’ which was inaugurated on March 21 at Community Centre, Taleigao features the works of artisans from all over India of the Gramin Hastkala Vikas Samiti, who have come to Goa to exhibit their ethnic weaves and traditional pure silk and cotton products. The exhibition was inaugurated at the hands of renowned celebrity from Goa, Samiksha Dessai. The Organizer of National Silk Expo, Jayesh Kumar Gupta said that the main social objective of the handloom exhibition is to promote weavers and encourage them and provide a market to the handloom industry. More than 100 designers and weavers are part of this year’s exhibition which includes designer clothes from each region of the country; the exhibition treats the consumers with a kaleidoscope of India’s colorful diversity and talent. Artisans from 14 handloom weaving States including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat , Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal and many other designers from metros working in collaboration with the weavers are displaying more than 1,50,000 variety of their work here. (The exhibition cum sale is open to public from March 21 to March 26 from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm at the Taleigao Community Centre) […]
A Mirror of Everyday Life- Drawing exhibition
The Museum of Goa (MOG) is currently holding an exhibition called ‘A Mirror of Everyday Life’ which showcases Saleh Kazemi’s drawings. He is an Iranian artist settled in Rome and has lately been travelling around Goa, artistically recording what he has seen. The display also includes other works by Saleh, such as self-portraits and a series called Moments in Waiting. Saleh Kazemi had first taken up documentary photography but later on distanced himself from technology which led him to the drawing board. He loves to travel and capture what he sees every day. The drawings at the exhibition show everyday scenes from different places. Various scenes from Goa were depicted like women sellers in local markets, barbershops, cows, banyan trees, etc. He also drew the local life of Rome which portrayed bus journeys, shops, café life, kitchens, and so on. There is also a Linocut print of the famous Mapusa market. The exhibition is open for public viewing until 29th March 2018. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Two Fashion designers from IFW talk about their collections
The International Fashion Week 2018 at Taj Vivanta provided a platform for two fashion designers from Goa – Puja Mapxencar and Philu Martins. Puja Mapxencar exhibited her summer/spring collection for men, which were inspired by Weaves of Ikat. This collection was dedicated to the Orissa Weavers who earn their living by creating masterpieces. Ten ensembles were showcased, which had a vibrant colourful Western Indo style for casual wear as well as occasions. The showstopper was a Bollywood and Goan actor, Kevin D’mello, who wore a stylish blazer made with Ikat fabric. Philu Martins’ collection was inspired by the Indian sunbird in many ways. She feels that the women of today are like the sunbird – elegant, hardworking, free, and happy. Apart from being colourful, the fabric and style were soft, drapey, fluid, and flirty. Her aim for this collection was to make perfect resort wear for women to feel confident and stylish.
Fashion designers leave their mark at The International Fashion Week 2018
The third edition of International Fashion Week by Wild Orchid Entertainments was held at a city hotel from March 2 to March 4. Various works of fashion designers were showcased during the event, which included western, Indo-western, menswear, spring/ summer collection designs. Some students presented different sari drapes of India. The designers who participated in the fashion event were Naveen Pradeep, Mohan Gowda, Madhu Verma, Puja Mapxencar, Anushka Shaikh, Philu Martins and other upcoming designers. Many fashion items including jewellery, silk clothes, Kashmiri printed saris, etc, were on also sale. Seminars, master classes, workshops, and talk shows were also held during the three-day event. The proceeds from the event would go in support of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission.
Pretty Home exhibition- A one stop shopping experience
The ‘Pretty Home’ exhibition- one of Goa’s popular exhibition brands- is going on at Don Bosco high school, Panjim. It started on February 15th and will end on February 19th. They had a wide variety of products under different categories. There are many electronic items like ovens, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, lighting equipment, and washing machines. Fashion products were everywhere like makeup, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, shoes, rings, bags, dresses, sarees, pants, and much more. Useful home items like carpets, wallpaper, furniture, water coolers, decorative pieces, and so on were available. The exhibition also had cameras, gym equipment, books, healthcare products, and other items.
Art exhibition- Shades, colours, and life
The art exhibition at the art gallery of the Directorate of Art & Culture has unique works on display. The artists participating in the exhibition have used different mediums, like ink, charcoal, watercolours, etching, gouache, acrylic, and mixed media on paper. The artists whose works are exhibited are Norman Tagore, Shripad Gaurav, Nirupa Naik, Manjunath Naik, Nandini Raikar and Jyoti Mehta. Norman Tagore showcases human figures delicately. His painting ‘The art teacher’ is on display along with others. Shripad Gaurav’s paintings are satirical and show the peaceful, happy, Goan way of life. Manjunath Naik has showcased different ideas of art in his works like ‘Holy cow’, ‘Lucky owl’ and ‘We came, we saw, we conquered’. He tries to express love in different moods. Nirupa Naik in her works has portrayed the simple yet beautiful life of her village people. Among her works are ‘The golden tree’ and women working in fields. Nandini Raikar has displayed different life experiences through artworks like ‘Mother’s love’ and ‘The swings of nostalgia’. Jyoti Mehta’s creativity can be seen through her colourful paintings of dandelions unfurling and touching the sun. The price of the paintings ranges approximately between Rs14,000 and Rs 50,000. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I […]
Spread the love with Valentine’s Day gift hampers by Kandida
It is said that Valentine’s Day got its name from Saint Valentine. The story about him is that he was a priest in Rome who was martyred because he was caught secretly arranging marriages even though the Emperor didn’t want male youth to get married as he felt that unmarried men were better soldiers. Valentine’s Day gradually became famous all around the world, including Goa, many years ago. This occasion is loved here which can be seen by the various events that pop up all over Goa. The night brings amazing music dished out by live bands and DJ’s in different happening restaurants and clubs. Special dinners and dances are held in many places, especially hotels. Different companies and shopping destinations give out special offers, products, and discounts. In Goa, gift-giving is an old tradition for this day. The florist from Florance Flora, Panjim, said, “Usually people would buy single roses, but this year I’m getting calls for rose plants. I feel the gift scenario is changing in Goa.” Other gifts usually given in Goa are teddy bears, chocolates, and cards. Puja Mapxencar, an innovative fashion designer in Goa, has launched a new product — Valentine’s Day gift hampers. It combines all the popular […]
Handicraft and handloomed menswear by Kandida
‘Kandida’ by Puja Mapxencar is a brand dedicated to Indian handloom clothing. Lately, they started selling crafted folk art made by artisans of different Indian states. They are the only menswear designer in Goa which caters to handlooms. Fabric like linen, khadi, and cotton are used by them. For amazing products, they work with Ikat, solid fabrics, and brocades. The clothing line price range is from Rs.1200- 2000/ while handicraft items start from Rs.80 and can go up to Rs.4000. They also customize as per the customer’s requirement and aim to complete it in 48 hours.