Mallika Malhotra stumbled upon hidden treasure collecting dust in her mother’s closet—a box of 1960s sari silks given as wedding gifts to her mother. Gathering the vintage textiles, the young mother with a passion for style started plannning her at-home business and launched Kid-Guru, an appliquéd t-shirt collection, in 2004.
Handcrafted in Denver, Colorado, with traditional fabrics brought back from Malhotra’s trips to India, the tees feature an assortment of charming designs—sailboats, spiders and pirate skulls, in addition to butterflies, hearts and snowflakes. You won’t find Kid-Guru at Baby Gap. Sold online and in boutiques and trunk shows, the cotton shirts are made from prints of limited quantity.
The services of Noor Agha, a fourth-generation kite-maker, have been commissioned by the producers of The Kite Runner, the soon-to-be-made film based on the eponymous best selling book by California-based MD Khaled Hosseini.
These days Agha spends his time in his “factory” (his living room) where he has been putting his two wives and 11 children to work. One wife, he describes as the second best kite maker in Kabul–but quickly adds that he has 45 years’ experience and “she’ll never be able to catch up.”
“In a country where most success stories are haunted by failure…about the only thing going right these days is the kitemaking industry,” Time Magazine tells us. Go here to read their full feature on Agha and The Kite Runner.
Go to the movies this weekend, and you might catch this new Fandango ad during the pre-show:
Those paper bags have some serious balle-balle skills.
Ever since my grandma taught me how to knit a few years ago, I’ve been addicted. After a long day calculating and analyzing and bs-ing at work, there is nothing more therapeutic than turning my mind off for a few minutes and letting my hands do the work on some gorgeous, soft yarn. And now that knitting is enjoying a resurgence among the cool, artsy folk, there is no need to hide my passion in Nana’s closet any longer. In fact, I recently came across some funky Nepalese Sari Yarn in a knitting store in my downtown neighbourhood.
This fair-trade yarn is recycled from remnants of Indian silk saris and spun into yarn by economically disadvantaged women in Nepal. The women hand mix silk thrums (the fringe of threads left on the loom once the cloth has been cut off) and then spin it into yarn. The different colours and textures make it perfect for chunky scarves, sweaters, even socks.
Christmas present dilemma? Solved.