Wearable Art Part at Janaki in Pondicherry
Come and have a look at the amazing handpainted designs by Shreya, Jyothis & Krupa from Auroville on Wednesday, 13th of October
Of course they are also for sale
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Wearable Art Part at Janaki in Pondicherry
Post cyclone furniture line “Eye of the Cyclone” by Prakrit from Auroville, which transforms crisis into opportunity.
29th Dec 2011, a night Auroville will remember. 140 km/h winds swept over 40 years of green work of Auroville. We woke up to see fallen trees around us. It took weeks of chain saw sounds dominating the air to clean paths. Collected wood was kept on acres of land. Each fallen tree had a different story to tell.
‘JANAKI, house of conscious living’ decided to link the furniture line to this cyclone and the sustainable furniture “Eye of the Cyclone“ was born. Selecting wood from huge pile and processing of the wood began soon after. We are happy to offer a memory of the international township into your living space. Let us be conscious of our conviction to land and nature.
Unique furniture pieces
The wood used by Prakrit is Acacie (Acacie auriculiformis) which has been carefully selected and seasoned. Each table is a unique piece as the designer has selected the best of the trunks and allowed each plank to decide the form for itself. Legs are of different heights and forms, which are designed to underline the organic form of the plate. Legs are fixed with strong steel fixtures and the table can be dismantled. Each plate is carefully sanded and wax polished to heighten the golden colour of the wood. This treatment can be easily maintained.
We have a range of plates in different sizes for dining, office and coffee tables and benches, and in case you need a custom made table contact: Office@upasana.in
Prakrit on Facebook: www.facebook.com/prakritdesign
Webe manufacturers a range of product, of which these wonderful yoga accessories to help you medidate and practice in comfort and with peace of mind. The philosophy behind their product takes root at the very source of yoga practice: Well-being isn’t a state that can be gained with external tools or gains, but rather is attained from an inner journey. This journey starts when one realises that the well-being is a state of mind and body which is at peace with oneself and the rest of the world. Realising that truth starts you on the path to well-being. Or as Webe puts it,
‘Well-being’, as highly misunderstood, is not
synonymous to comfort or luxury. It is rather, a state of
balance and harmony with the self, with others, with
our immediate surroundings and in larger context, our
environment and world.
Ayurveda is the treasure trove that India and Indian traditions have given to humanity. Literally translated as “the science of life”, it seeks to achieve harmony of life through positive health, natural beauty.
Ayurveda believes that health is maintained by the balance of three fine energies, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These energies account for all forms of matter (Kapha), the force and direction they move (Vata), and the transformations they go through (Pitta).
All life forms present in the Universe possess these qualities. Ayurveda aims at bringing together in a harmonious manner to promote physical, emotional and spiritual growth. In Ayurveda, the beauty of the inner and outer self are given due importance.
The more we care for ourselves, the more our beauty and radiance gets enhanced – regardless of our shape and contours.
Janaki’s Sparsh provides you the care that your skin deserves; not the chemical concoction but pure natural one that have been developed by the tradition that embodies Janaki.
Janaki made a dignified entrance on the maps of Mysore on 11th May 2012. A building that is more than hundred years old, is the perfect setting for the grand lady Janaki is.
Seen from the outside, you ponder. Should I drink in more of the elegance of the facade or should I step in and immerse into her offerings. Stop! Let your eyes feast on this. Enjoy this as you would enjoy a sip of fine wine.
As you enter into the Janaki store you can’t help admire the painting on the wall. Could this be Janaki? Of course, the delicately hanging display system built cleverly to expose the niche from where Janaki looks at you and the store. She exudes warmth and affection. A perfect picture for this setting.
This is a story that has been told many a times, but never actually been heard.
This is a story that has been written and rewritten throughout history.
This is a story that has contributed greatly to the legacy of this country.
Yet, this is the story that has been denied the attention it deserves!
India has been cultivating cotton since the Saraswathi Valley civilisation 5000 years ago. Cotton is deep rooted in our history. It has been our path to pride and at many times our redemption.
We owe much of what we know about cotton’s prehistoric existance to a collection of ancient Indian texts called the vedas. The earliest of these sacred texts is the Rig Veda (descriptions and praises of the Gods) that was composed between 1700-1100 BC.
The Rig Veda tells the story of Prajapati, the first god who created the world. Prajapati, “Lord of Creatures” was adorned in what was called “Kaarpaasa” which was described as a white, soft fabric spun out of a ball like seed. Prajapati was sacrificed to himself by the younger Gods Indra (Lord of Heaven/Space), Agni (Lord of Fire), and Varuna (Lord of Rain/Water) and from parts of his body the whole universe was born. Prajapati’s remaining parts turned into different groups of people, which is why the Indian people think of themselves as belonging to one of four castes or groups. Throughout the vedas, be it tales of Gods, human or animals, cotton has a vital role within the story. In India today, as it was for thousands of years, no matter what caste you occupy or what job you hold you will be wearing a piece of cotton, either elaborately adorned or plain and simple.
Herodotus, the 5th century BC Greek historian records, “in India there were trees growing wild, which produce a kind of wool better than sheep’s wool in beauty and quality, which the Indians use for making their clothes.” The earliest pictorial depiction can be referenced from the 2nd century BC Ajanta Cave carvings that show genius cotton growers in India had invented an early roller machine to get the seeds out of cotton.
Cotton, has gone from being the fabric of the Gods to the common man’s elixir. It was the riches of the rich as well as the poor. From the times of the Imperialist regime to the times of Ghandian revolution, cotton in India evolved and adapted itself to play the part it was given.
With Mahatma Gandhi, cotton gained its most celebrated moment. It became the symbol of India’s freedom struggle. It was the backbone of the Swadeshi movement (economic empowerment through self-sufficiency), paved the path to the Indian man regaining his lost dignity. Gandhi taught Indians to love, trust and respect cotton. We have however come a long way since then. We have moved far from our Gandhian cotton ways to a deep dark hole of despair.
A deep dark hole called “Genetic Modification”.
India today is the largest producer of GM cotton in the world. Cotton occupies 5% of our country’s farmland but accounts for nearly 54% of the total pesticides consumed. The result of us forgetting what is indigenous has pushed us into desperate indignation. Over 200,000 farmers loosing their lives over the loss of their livelihood, within a decade, tells us enough!
Janaki’s Vastra is a small step towards redeeming this community. Our clothes take you back to the roots of cotton… purity, goodness and pride.
Organically produced… Sustainable clothes … as comfortable as they can get!