कुली Coolie

Many moons ago while I was a child, Indian Railways was the only mode of long distance travel. I always looked forward to my travel to boarding school by train. We travelled sleeper class and it was a luxury to be able to get a window seat.

What we saw in those long hours in the train is still ingrained in my memory. Observing costumes in different cities, visuals of long winding electrical and postal wires playing on an infinite loop, a sighting of an Indian Roller bird was considered lucky as was throwing coins in the Ganges.

I enjoyed observing the fields and towns that came our way, right from cities like Varanasi, Itawa to Lucknow and Haridwar. Taking a long distance train from my home town Daltonganj was always the beginning of an interesting journey, be it a steam engine or my short trip on a diesel locomotive; these were moments I enjoyed and they were my window to the outside world.

What you couldn’t ever miss were the porters in their red shirts and gold arm bands. There was something about the red and the gold and it has inspired me to bring out this whimsical range as an ode to Indian Railways aka भारतीय रेल

Once the pandemic is over, I look forward to a long train journey to the furthest point in India!

Images hand printed by silkscreen, 100% wood free and recycled paper pages.

Meri Kitab & Meri Pencil

Stationery is personal again. While using them we develop a bond, be it a Meri Kitab notebook and pencil for your thoughts and ideas or a Meri Kitab bookmark for the books that you plan to read; they will be perfect personal companions in your journey. This range is one of our most successful and is available for purchase online. A perfect gift for those that love their stationery!

National Handloom Day

For the last 10 years, we have been using handloom textiles sourced from cooperatives across rural India to make many of our products, especially our hand-stitched journals. Many of our ranges are named after handloom textiles like Indigo, Silk and Cotton. These journals have pages that are handmade from recycled and wood-free paper.
Handloom and handmade paper making are village industries that give employment to millions of people in rural India.

Miniature Ambassador

The Ambassador is indigenously Indian, a classy concoction of initiative, inspiration and invention. Dubbed “King of Indian Roads”, it was an epitome of reliability and robustness; a neighbours envy and an owners pride. A true doyen of India’s journey through the times.
A miniature ambassador in brass is available for purchase online.

Home-Office Essentials

Creative and essential stationery, office accessories, notebooks, handmade pencils, pens, notepads, paperweights and decoratives for your work-from-home table.
Express Shipping | Handcrafted In India | COD Available

Bookmarks In Metal

A timeless gift for you and for your loved ones.
Try our bookmarks for the joy of reading and let them be companions of your books for many years to come. Every bookmark that you use, grows on to you and becomes a personal accompaniment.
Anand Prakash has sold over 2 million bookmarks in over 250 designs. Our pieces are made in India by skilled artisans and are of the highest quality and finish. Shop from our website and have gifts delivered across India.

Bookmark by Anand Prakash

Rakhi Season

Our Rakhi range is now available on the below link. We have added new designs in Jute and Indigo. Shop from the safety of your home and let us deliver your Rakhis and gifts worldwide. COD available. Made in India.

The Hindu Huddle

Anand Prakash was the official gift partner for The Hindu Huddle. As a company, we believe in meaningful debate and discussion on a wide range of topics like politics, sports, arts and entertainment. It is our constant endeavour to partner with institutions that provide such opportunities and we look forward to many more in the coming future.

Travel

I yearn to travel, to observe and experience different cultures, languages and traditions, to soak in architectural marvels and varied landscapes, to discover hidden crafts and to have random conversations.

I look forward to embarking on this journey soon…

Short Film On Silkscreen Printing

A short film on silkscreen printing at Anand Prakash. Scriptum is a range of gifts and stationery using the Devanagari script.

Film by Fseven Studio

Music by Firefl!es

Handloom Cotton

A beautiful find in my search for authentic Indian textiles. Handspun cotton woven on handlooms.

Sadly, this is dying a slow death, not because of low demand but because the majority of the weavers have come of age and the younger generation is not too keen on taking this up as a career option. This is happening across all fields of craft and many artisanal techniques will be lost forever.

In the near future, handmade and handcrafted will be a luxury very few people will be able to afford.

Artist: Lockwood de Forest

My research on brass led me to this gem:

Artist: Lockwood de Forest

A key figure in the aesthetic movement, New York-born artist Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932) was very inspired by Indian arts and crafts. He created the Ahmedabad Woodcarving Company in Gujarat, which exported many items to the United States. These cut and chased brass cutouts, designed by de Forest, were based on examples found in wood, plaster and stone in Indian architecture. In his designs, they would have been used as ornaments on architecture or furniture.

In 1879, Lockwood de Forest and Tiffany established an import business called Tiffany and de Forest. While visiting India for the first time, he collaborated with Mugganbhai Hutheesing to start the Ahmedabad Woodcarving Company, which produced elaborately carved furniture, tracery panels, jewellery and textiles. Eventually, in 1908, he transferred his contract with the Ahmedabad Woodcarving Company to Tiffany.

Image source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Medium: Brass; chased

City: Ahmedabad

Year: 1892

Conversation

How about a conversation over a cup of coffee?

Write to us at conversations@anandprakash.com with your name, city, mobile no. and a brief introduction.

#ConversationsWithAP #anandprakash

Tangram

Tangram.

Prototype. Contemplating.

Should we go-ahead or should we not?

It is said to have been invented in China and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. It is one of the most popular puzzles in the world.

Brass with mirror finish and teak wood holder.

VTLGO

VTLGO.

A range of hand stitched journals with layers of colour and ink blots. The process required us to work in layers with multiple prints and gold. Today, this will be perceived as design but for me it is also a social message.

Vitiligo is a medical condition where there is loss of skin colour in blotches. This causes psychological distress and there is a huge stigma attached to it in society. I have closely seen people suffer in silence. Let us try and be a little humane in our acceptance.

I have spent more than a decade in the creative sector and while I built Anand Prakash on a solid bedrock of innovation and creativity; I also would like to be able to support social causes that are close to my heart. All of us could be change makers in our own little way therefore lets start by one good deed at a time.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Pastel colours

Testing new pastel colours for our soon to be launched bag charms.

Our master screen printers mix various colours to reach the right shade, while most have no knowledge or training in colour mixing; they have honed their skills by trial and error through an experience of a few decades. To be able to see them do it with their spatula is sheer joy

Hopefully you will be able to witness this in the coming months where we are planning to share our techniques and processes through carefully curated workshops and demonstrations.

Autorickshaw

Autorickshaw, tuk tuk, rickshaw, tempu, auto – call it by any name; it still fascinates one and all.

These limited edition miniatures are available at our stores and online at http://www.anandprakash.com

Rang Colour

रंग

पुल्लिंग, केवल आँखों से अनुभव होनेवाला पदार्थ के आकार और रूप से भिन्न एक गुण, वर्ण।

colour /ˈkʌlə/

Noun. The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.

Colour has played an important part in my creative journey, be it recycled papers or with stationery. Here, I experiment with colour on the spine of the journal. In the past, the cover usually got all the attention. The colours have been printed by hand using silk screen in our signature style. Lots of experimentation in progress! More soon. Now available at stores.

Prototype

Sometimes, we are left with a lot of pieces that are prototypes. These always remain the only piece because we usually end up improvising the design with an increase in size or something. Many a times we decide against doing the product as it does not fit into what we had envisaged.

The question is what do we do with so many prototypes?

Featured here is a prototype that was a narrower version of our Hexagon cuff.

Numismatique – work in progress

Numismatique.

Work in progress, we are tracing a few old Indian coins for our upcoming range.

Collecting British-India silver coins has been a hobby since childhood and the time is right for a range of products with numismatics as the theme.

Conversation

Conversations with you has helped Anand Prakash grow to where it is today. Your ideas have helped us create better poducts and feedback was immensely helpful in introspecting.

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Today we stand at the cross-roads looking at the best way forward, we have grown as a brand and our design language has constantly adapted with the times. We have become a lot more experimental and we are not shying away from sharing our inspirations with you.

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A lot of our ideas and stories are rooted in past experiences of Anand Prakash and in the coming days we hope to create products that will enthrall you with ideas, creativity and innovation that you have come to expect from us.

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We look forward to our conversations with you…

Coming up on 10th March:

#TalkToAnandPrakash

Little Llama Cafe, Mussoorie

Every time I visit Mussoorie, the one place I don’t miss is @littlellamacafe run by school friends Tenzing and Lynette. Its their passion for food that has brought them this far.

They always welcome us with a smile and go out of their way in fulfilling all our gastronomic demands.

The beautiful hills and the green landscape visible from their cafe have been aptly shared on my Instagram; the frame is always different depending on the weather.

During season time, there is a huge rush and the waiting time can stretch to hours; all Alwynians are always welcome and we manage to squeeze ourselves in.

Their shakes are to die for because Lynette is always experimenting and the food is fresh.

One of my favourite anecdotes is when Lynette divided the toppings of one wood fired pizza into veg and non veg because me and a friend only wanted half a pizza each.

I can sit here with my favourite ginger-honey-lemon tea for hours at a stretch.

Thank you Lynette and Tenzing for this laidback place amongst the hustle and bustle of Mussoorie.

Till we meet again.

Paper sampler

At Anand Prakash, papers made by hand using a variety of materials, play an integral part in the development of new products. While we do a lot of designs in metal and wood, recycled handmade paper is still our first love. We have creatively used natural materials like long fibre straw, silk yarn, cotton rags, spices, cow dung, newsprint, wool, jute, flowers, etc. in our papers and packaging.

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Featured here is our paper sampler that has different types of papers we use in our journals.

The Hindu Huddle

Anand Prakash was the official gift partner for The Hindu Huddle. As a company, we believe in meaningful debate and discussion on a wide range of topics like politics, sports, arts and entertainment. It is our constant endeavour to partner with institutions that provide such opportunities and we look forward to many more in the coming future.

Contest winner

We are happy to announce the winner for the “Favourite book with AP bookmark” contest: Instagram handle @thesilentseer

#Repost

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A bookmark is like a milestone, it marks your progress in the journey. It tells you how far you have come and how far you’re yet to go. It provides you the opportunity to rest, ruminate and introspect, with the solace that you will never get lost or have to begin afresh. It allows you to carry onwards from where you left and entices you to move towards your destination.

And here in this story of a coveted gem, this bookmark is my milestone on my journey and on many more yet to come.

Many congratulations to @thesilentseer