a white cotton flower or boll in a hand in a cotton farm in Alwar, Rajasthan, India.

Rajasthan- Cotton, Onions & Tigers (Part-1 of 3)

We have been working with Cotton in Rajasthan, West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir for some time now. While the raw material is same, the finished fabric looks, feels & behaves differently, just like its lovely natives and the stories they tell.
graphical representation of a women hugging herself while looking at herself in a round mirror. Image Credit- Freepik.com

Body Shape- Holding A Mirror To Self

Reality versus what Indian women think about their body shape and sizes. And is there any real truth in it, should it be paid some heed?
A perspective  shot of a steel measuring scale lying blue cotton khadi fabric with orange stripes.

What Does A Centimeter Of Fabric Tells You

Let's put on our detective hats and investigate a small piece of fabric and see what it tells us
Poster of an Indian Handloom weaver while weaving alonwith a thank you note and a photograph go Actor Om Puri and Dastkar Logo

A Thank You Note to Om Puri Foundation

To cut it down to fewer words, we could've never imagined that the help will come to our weavers
Staircase made out of stone going upwards towards lush green trees. A photograph from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

It's Okay

Remember, you are not alone in this. Know that even the most confident of the people are just as unsure as you are.
A Rajasthani women clad in bandhini saree sitting on ground and spinning cotton yarn (soot) on a Gandhi Charkha (Indian Spinning Wheel)

Where did the Charkha (Spinning Wheel) come from?

Interestingly, It is a long running debate whether Charkha has its origin in India or middle east. Let's see where it actually came from.
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#PromiseOfWork

"Overcoming anything requires interrupting a pattern in order to create a new one." - Ashton Long At Cotton Rack, we...
A collage of images of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Map of Faridabad City, a photograph of cast of Bawarchi and an old black and white image of World Craft Council's Tokyo Conference Hall.

What's common between Bawarchi movie, Faridabad and World Crafts Council?

Isn't it amazing that so much was achieved in one life by a woman in the times when there was no concept of equal rights.
Chikoo also known as Sapota a fruit held in hand with a lot of greenery around

Garage Find

Why always share something related to crafts or from our own line of business? Let's move away a bit from that, today, we are sharing a short story written by Vinayak around 2008, a story about a "Garage Find".
A Langur sitting on a ledge looking in distance with a green foliage in the background

Coming Out!

The above image is not at all related to stuff we are going to talk about or maybe it actually means something!
Giloy, Amruth Stem Sprouting new Leaves

Covid-19 Update

With the Covid-19 pandemic on rise, we have decided to halt our operations at our studio, this may sound grim but...
Bulbul Tewari Ji lovingly called Naani by friends and family.

A Hundred Year Old Khadi Fabric

After an amazing lunch while we were sitting around the heater for warmth in their naturally lit living room on that cold wintry Delhi noon, the stories about crafts started flowing. That is when Naani ji shared the story about this piece of fabric that she got from her grandmother!
a 2 point perspective shot from below of Kora Khadi fabric hang drying in the sun under a clear blue sky. The picture a slight flare and a small clour in top left half.

10 Types of Homespun Fabrics In Use

Today, Cotton Rack uses as many as 10 different types of Homespun fabrics sourced from weavers in Jaipur, Bikaner, Maheshwar and Kanpur as well as creating fabrics with our weavers in West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir. Check them out here...
Square portrait of Agnes Martin (Source: e-Flux Conversations)

Agnes Martin- The Pioneer of Minimalist Art Movement

Until you clear your identity you will be tied to the repetition of this life. -Agnes Martin
Cotton Rack is now the very first institutionally funded Khadi handspun handwoven clothing brand of India. Under INVENT by CIIE Initiative, IIM Ahemdabad and Villgro through Startup Oasis Jaipur. Programme funded by DFID, UK Government & TDB, India

We Got Funded!

Cotton Rack is now the country's first homespun and handwoven clothing brand to be institutionally funded. Checkout this blog for more information that might be of help to you too
weaver sitting next to a warping drum and preparing a khadi warp for further cotton fabric weaving

A Timelapse of Handloom Weaving on Pitloom

A small timelapse video of handloom weaving, which is one of many processes involved in making of a homespun handwoven fabric.
What is Khadi Exactly written with colourful khadi jamdani saree hanging in the background.

What is Khadi Exactly?

Everyone is talking about Khadi but keeping aside all the philosophy and it's association with Gandhi and Indian freedom movement, what exactly is this Khadi fabric in it's practical form?
New year Fire-Cracker in the Sky

Happy New Year

On every new year’s eve, we make resolutions! We know that you are already smiling reading that but let’s go through it again. We make resolutions! Most of the times we don’t even last a day. And sometimes we go beyond stick to them for a lifetime.