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    Travel diaries
    A curated collection of on-trend, affordable artisanal offerings, hand-picked on our travels across Asia. First stop: Jaipur, India
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    Jaipur's beautiful Hawa Mahal boasts a terracotta exterior that is akin to a honeycomb with its 953 small windows decorated with intricate latticework

    Q Bazaar: A melting pot of Asian crafts

    Q Bazaar is a treasure-trove of curated artisanal offerings responsibly sourced from culture-rich parts of Asia. It is a celebration of indigenous crafts, a harmonious blend of culture, history and artistry. Inspired by our travels across South Asia and South East Asia, this collection is defined by stories - those of artisans, their crafts and their soil. Unique, affordable and on-trend, every Q Bazaar offering bears the artisanal stamp of exclusivity. We promise to keep adding fresh designs to the line-up. Tag along to experience the exuberance of some of the magnificent locales that have inspired this collection:   

     

    Incredible India!

    Nothing can match the exuberance and flamboyance of Jaipur, the Pink City of India. This heritage city is peppered with soulful architecture. The majestic Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Breeze stands out for its rich history and technique, both of which continue to influence and inspire local artisans of today. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the palace boasts a five floor terracotta exterior that is akin to a honeycomb with its 953 small windows decorated with intricate latticework, locally called jali work. 

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    Hand carved blocks (left) ready to be used for printing; Hand embroidered tapestry from Jaipur (right)

    Undiluted in essence and complexity, jali work continues to hold an important place in Rajasthani culture, with its artisans painstakingly creating delicate carvings on wood or stone. The skilled artisans produce astonishing results with these seemingly simple tools, revealing offerings that are rich in detail and steeped in tradition

     

    Block printing is another ancient craft that holds a pride of place in Jaipur. A walk down the city’s bylanes, and you will be greeted by the echo of rhythmic ‘knocking’ sounds, created when the wooden block is stamped on the fabric. Most of the printing is done at almost home-like workshops, scattered around the city. The craft has been practiced in Rajasthan for around 500 years!

     

    Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh is known for its carpets. The skill set of the artisans here can be traced back to the Mughal era. This region boasts the largest handmade carpet cluster, engaging around 3.2 million people in the industry. Bhadohi's ancient techniques of handweaving, hand-tufting and hand-knotting are employed to create a wide variety of offerings, ranging from cushion covers to table linen. These crafts form the soul of Bhadohi, with the women artisans too contributing towards the economy. Almost every woman from the villages, regardless of her age, is engaged in some form of weaving.

    The call of Kashmir

    “If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here” maintained Jahangir, the fourth Mughal emperor. Kashmir is resplendent with beautiful Chinar trees that turn the entire valley yellow and red during autumn. The crystal blue rivers and the picturesque snow-clad mountains make this beautiful valley postcard-perfect. Kashmir is also home to many crafts that reflect the rich history and culture of the valley.

     

    Papier Mache is one such technique, steeped in history. This craft, that employs paper pulp to make decorative objects, was first adopted in Kashmir in the 15th century by King Zain-ul-Abidin. Mir Sayyed Ali Hamdani, a Sufi mystic, came to Kashmir during the late 14th century along with his followers, many of whom were craftsmen. These craftsmen used handmade paper pulp from Iran, Central Asia to create beautiful offerings and passed on the skill to the locals who started specializing in pen holders of 'qalam dans'. Today, their range includes everything from boxes to bowls, trays to board games, resplendent with hand-painted intricate patterns.

     

    While Kashmiri artisans specialize in a host of crafts, their captivating embroidery styles have created waves across the globe. Vibrant in color and rich in texture, Kashmiri embroidery pays tribute to symbols native to their culture. The motifs are primarily floral and inspired by blossoms including Pamposh (lotus), Gulab (rose), Sarav (cypress), Dainposh (pomegranate), Sosan (iris), Sumbal (hyacinth), and Yambarzal (narcissus). Other motifs that tend to be popular in Kashmir are those of animals (lions, rabbits, horses, deer), birds (bulbuls, partridges, herons, ducks) and even the samovar, or tea-pot native to Kashmir. 

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    The Kashmir valley, in all its glory

    Splendid Sri Lanka

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    Hand-painted Sri Lankan masks are known for their vibrant colors & dramatic expressions

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    The Alavala village in the Gampaha District has 80-90% of its families involved in basketry

    Sri Lanka, the beautiful jewel shaped island is dotted with beaches, temples and smiling faces. One is likely to be greeted by an explosion of cultural flavor, spanning across cuisine and architecture. From aromatic curries and spiced tea to the colorful frescos and Buddha statues, the air in Sri Lanka is spiked with culture and tradition. A shopping paradise, Sri Lanka specializes in many-a-traditional crafts that contribute to the country’s economy.

     

    From baskets to mats, coir weaving here is a tradition passed down generations. Basketry in Sri Lanka dates back many centuries, originating as a caste-based craft. Baskets were traditionally perceived as being more utilitarian than decorative. While the craft has now expanded and is practiced across the island, there are still some villages like Alavala, located in the Gampaha District, where about 80 to 90 percent of the families are involved in bamboo reed basketry.  

     

    Ambalangoda, on the West Coast, is famous for its brightly hand-painted masks, originally worn by low country dancers. Observing the artisans at work is a real treat. The specialized carvings and the dramatic expressions, make these decoratives a joy to behold!

     

    Sri Lanka is also known for beautiful tie-and-dye Batik creations, an Indonesian art brought to the country by the Dutch. From sarongs to table runners, batik finds an important place in Sri Lankan culture. 

    Chiang Mai's charm

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    Handweaving, a popular craft in Chiang Mai, is the pride of the hill tribes 

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    The Bo Sang village specializes in hand painted umbrellas made from delicate Sa paper

    Chiang Mai in Thailand is a riot of cultural crafts. Every visitor is greeted in the trademark ‘wai’ fashion, a respectful gesture of folding hands in a prayer-like manner, with a bowed head. This little city is an eclectic blend of art, craft, music, and food, with each element being a comprehensive sensory treat. The village of Sankampaeng here is surrounded with small cottages that are also factories and workshops for artists.

     

    Handweaving is a popular craft in Chiang Mai, the pride of the hill tribes. Today, the silk industry in Thailand is well established and known for the most lustrous fabrics and striking designs. The Thai women monopolize this craft, having inherited the skill from their mothers and grandmothers. 

     

    Some of the very finest silverware in the world is created in Chiang Mai. The legacy silversmiths of this region have been creating magic with their hands for decades. Most of them have inherited the craft from the men in their family. From precious stones to filigree work, the items on display here are rooted in tradition.