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  • Wear a piece of history!

    Dramatizing the Hindu epics in the times before television, the Indian art form of ‘Tholu Bommalata’ (Leather puppetry) holds clues to our traditions and history through its artefacts…
    Inspired by the beauty of the art-form and noticing the plight of artisans trying to keep the craft alive and make a living, we at Ishma took a step towards reviving this age-old craft through design and innovation. The overwhelming intricacy and the effort artisans take to create each of these handcrafted beauties left us intrigued during our visit to Nimmalakunta, a peaceful little village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
    At the artisan’s home-cum-workshop, with sheets of leather and paint all around we settled down to learn and absorb everything we could about the craft right from the people giving it life..their history, making, the artisans and their experiences.
    Combined with these learnings, research and hours of working together over days, we’ve come up with a collection of beautiful fashion accessories for the women of today. Let us know what you think <3

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  • The trip to Gypsies

    Amidst dusty hillocks, in Rangareddy District of Telangana, lies a seemingly quiet village.Before we started, we drew out a route map on the backside of a visiting card and started our journey. We were told Google maps aren’t going to be a great help. We packed a box of needles, threads, beads we thought we might need, some sketches of the products we imagined we’ll make etc. We packed lunch too and a water bottle. Loaded these into the car and set forth.
    Arched tree branches over the road offered shade and cool breeze. Abruptly, we come to a junction after which we had no clue where to go. We ask the locals and they ask us to take the next left. That left seemed never ending! Winding kaccha road around the hillocks offering us a teasing view of the village from afar. It was both fun and exhausting.
    Finally we got there and asked for the lady we sought to meet. she is a local leader of sorts, with a better grasp on the business aspect. Within minutes, Lakshmi gathered a bunch of women from the village under a huge banyan tree amidst mud houses of thatched roofs. The women tell us Lakshmi is like a teacher to them, as they start telling us their stories.

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