10 Fresh Fantastic Makers You Can’t Miss At The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

We returned to Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 to handpick some of the fresh talent on display.

It’s been over a week since The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 commenced, and yet, the footfall shows no signs of dwindling. And why would it? It’s Mumbai’s favourite arts festival by a mile, after all — and the stunning installations and talented artists and makers are bound to attract crowds in large numbers every day. However, if you needed another reason to visit (or revisit), you’d love to know that a bunch of fresh artists, brands, and makers moved into the stalls just yesterday. Engrave already covered a few this week, but we revisited these stalls to handpick ten new makers that you simply cannot afford to miss!

1. Lumber Notes

The brainchild of sisters Palak and Priyanka, Lumber Notes is a handcrafted, hand-painted wall decor brand which is chic and in touch with popular culture, and yet has the aesthetics of an era bygone. “We started at Kala Ghoda last year — so this is actually our anniversary!” says Priyanka. “I’m a doctor and my sister is a CA, so our day job usually keeps us busy, but we also wanted to find a way to use our ‘right brain’, so to speak. When we were on a trip to Bali, we developed the idea. Once we were back, we decided to give it a shot, and a year on, it’s going great!”

Lumbernotes at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Lumbernotes at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Their Favourite Product: The Scooter Artwork (pictured top right)

“The Scooter Artwork is the latest design we’ve come up with for our 2017 collection. Everything on there is handmade, by our team of talented artists. It’s customisable, too, and can be used anywhere in the house!”

2. Shor Sharaba

Situated at the Culture Truck stall, Shor Sharaba is a clothing brand that’s owned and run by siblings Rasshi and Trisha. “We love colours — and that’s what inspired us to start our brand five years ago,” says the lively and animated Rasshi. “Drawing inspiration from everything around us is something that we personally enjoy — movies, alcohol, cartoons and of course, pop culture.”

Shor Sharaba Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Shor Sharaba at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Their Favourite Product: The Jackets For Kids (pictured bottom right)

“We like to believe that our personality is wrapped in our products, and if they make you smile, that’s all we need!”

3. Pelle

Pelle is a leather bag brand that was created by Milind Jain two years ago. “I love all things leather, but we all know how expensive it is!” says Milind. “I realised that we don’t have a brand that provides affordable leather bags or one that caters to the common man, and thus, decided to create Pelle.”

Milind creates vintage themed leather bags, that are inspired by palaces and the idea of royalty. “Some of our creations are also inspired by vintage art as well,” he adds.

Pelle at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Pelle at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

His Favourite Product: The One Pocket Leather Bag (pictured top left)

“It’s simple, it’s handy, it’s pretty, and it’s affordable. No wonder it’s our bestseller!”

4. Wechitraart

If you’re a pop culture aficionado, there’s no way you can miss out on Wechitraart. An animator and art director by profession, Aditya started creating these designs three years ago based on the movies and characters he loves and converted them into stunning wall decor. As his wife explains, it was his friend who encouraged him to convert the hobby into a business. “It’s his passion — he just loves to design!” she says. “Even if he’s bored and has nothing to do, he just plays around with designing to keep himself occupied. He loves Tarantino, Kishore Kumar, Jim Morrison, and Amitabh Bachchan — so you’ll find a lot of them in his work!”

Wechitrart at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Wechitrart at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

His Favourite Product: The Amitabh Bachchan Prints (pictured bottom left)

“Simply put, he loves Bachchan saab’s personality and his movies. But then again, who doesn’t?”

5. Namrata Kedia Design

Started in 2010, ex-fine arts student Namrata Kedia’s studio glass brand is definitely one of a kind. “I was based in London, and it was during my time there that I learnt the art of making studio glass,” she says. “I bought my first furnace in Reading (near London), and I haven’t looked back since. I work with glassware and love to create jewellery, homeware, and architectural pieces that are both gorgeous and functional.”

Namrata Kedia Designs at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Namrata Kedia Design at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Her Favourite Product: The Abstract In Trees (pictured bottom left)

“Personally, it gives me a wider space to work with and insert more elements. Objectively, I love its texture and colours, and I think it works as a great form of wall decor in any room in any house.”

6. Manipur Handloom And Handicrafts

Manipur Handloom And Handicrafts was started by a bunch of friends with the sole aim of preserving the arts and crafts of their hometown in the North-East of India. Khoi, Ali, Joy, and Momo, together with some more friends, wanted to provide a platform to the talented artists from the Seven Sister states, who, they believe, are often neglected. “The artists are very close to nature, and are thus, inspired by the myriad flora and fauna around them,” says Khoi. “They create traditional motifs and designs on their handmade products, which is extremely time consuming — but they’re passionate, so it’s rewarding to them. Our range is unique too, because we have a little for everyone. Our products that cost as little as Rs. 40, and go on to Rs. 20,000 as well!”

Manipur Handloom And Handicrafts Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Manipur Handloom And Handicrafts at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Their Favourite Product: The Silk Saris (pictured on top)

“The Silk Sari was created by a National Award Winning Artist from the North-East. It’s completely handwoven, has unique motifs and is just, plain beautiful, which is why we love it!”

7. Antique Bird Nest

Probably the most heartwarming story to come out of Kala Ghoda, Antique Bird Nest was created by Santosh two years ago to save the city’s birds. “The bigger birds like crows and pigeons can still survive, but rapid urbanisation has resulted in dwindling numbers of smaller birds like the sparrow,” he says. “These birdhouses allow the smaller birds to seek refuge, thus protecting them from the rains or harsh sunlight. We also make food products that are full of nutrients and thus, allows the birds to eat well and stay healthy.”

Antique Bird Nest at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Antique Bird Nest at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

His Favourite Product: The Simple Bird Nest (pictured bottom left)

“It’s our cheapest product, and so it sells well. But the reason I love it is because I’ve noticed it provides the best results!”

8. Glasshopper

Started by a talented lady called Sarus in 2010, Glasshopper’s products are made using original stained glass. “It’s not painted — it’s akin to the artwork that one sees on the windows of old chapels and churches,” Sarus explains. “It’s completely handmade, too. I love to experiment, so I often fuse it with various kinds of metals, which I believe is unique in India!”

Glasshopper at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Glasshopper at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Her Favourite Product: Suncatchers (pictured top right and bottom left)

“Suncatchers are ideal for the balcony, if you ask me. I first designed one in 2010, but it continues to be my bestselling item. In fact, I must have sold over 10,000 of these!”

9. Studio Moya

Traditional crafts but contemporary products — that’s what Studio Moya is all about. “I created the brand two years ago, to provide a livelihood to the artists and craftsmen who are often struggling to provide for their families,” says founder Rashmi. “Studio Maya is a platform that allows the artists to work in collaboration with other craftsmen, which helps create products that are inspired by traditional artwork and yet, are very modern and handy.”

Studio Moya at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Studio Moya at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Her Favourite Product: The Tote Bag

“Madhubani art is my favourite, so this bag really speaks to me! I love its shape, too, and considering it’s spacious and can be used for any purpose, it comes in handy as well.”

10. Kriya Studio

Home textiles, cushion covers, curtains, coasters, pouches, and bags — Kriya Studio is your one-stop-shop for everything you require! “We love to create collections that allow us to sell a story through our products,” says Anupama, who founded Kriya Studio two-and-a-half years ago. “The idea behind the brand is to create nostalgic designs that are story driven, which we hope people can find extremely relatable.”

Kriya Studio at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Kriya Studio at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Her Favourite Product: David Sassoon Library Series (pictured bottom right)

“It’s an iconic structure in the city, if you ask me, and the series really resonates with me at a personal level. The sketches and drawings and converted into embroidery, which is an art I respect and admire as well!”

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.


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    Maria Fernandes January 27, 2018

    Need pelle India bags .can I get his number n address


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