Paper was my first love; the very first business that I started over seventeen years ago. A lot of my work was raw and natural with torn edges and exposed fibres. Back then, the word eco-friendly wasn’t something that everyone was aware of. I bought my first sheet at the Khadi Gramudyog Bhawan in Connaught Place, Delhi and since then I have literally gone deep into its fibres, making, selling and their distribution. I have built relations with paper artists over the years and worked closely in creating a variety of them using techniques developed in-house and by experimenting with a lot of natural fibres, dyes and raw material. I have had a loyal set of followers who have appreciated and bought most of our work with paper. A time came when greeting cards lost their charm, the sales went downward and I had to innovate and survive. I may have done a lot of work in metal but I never forgot paper. Till today we have a steady stream of stationery and paper products coming out of our studios.
Here are a few papers that I have saved from the past. These were limited editions that I procured from artisans across the world. I have decided to exhaust the remaining sheets to launch a new range of stationery, journals and other pieces of art from our upcoming flagship store at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
Link to an older post on recycled and handmade paper, its making and process.
Paper hand made and recycled from cotton rags. The unit is called Kalam Khush and it’s as old as the ashram itself. When you use handmade paper, remember that each sheet is made individually with a lot of love and skill. Below are some pictures from this unit at Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad.
At the genesis of my creative journey, normal and ordinary was not on my creative palette. I liked the raw look of paper therefore started tearing away the edges. A few years later, the idea of a raw look was bolstered by my mentor and trend stylist Milou Ket.
Torn edges are now de rigueur in my work. We tear thousands of labels by hand and in exactly the same size; a skill in abundance at Anand Prakash. The distinct pink of the paper is another story for another future post.
Khadi is an exclusive Indian textile, purely hand-spun and hand-woven from natural cotton using the traditional and manually operated spinning wheel called the ‘CHARKHA’. This process gives Khadi an extra ordinary texture and finish that cannot be found in any artificially made fibers. The small weaving errors give it the particular Khadi charm.
In India, Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The hand-spun cotton, known as Khadi is of special significance to Indians. Gandhi elevated the fragile thread of cotton to a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency and to provide employment for millions during India’s freedom struggle and that symbolism of cloth made by human hands has continued till this day.
Khadi is an alternative lifestyle in tune with the rhythm of nature. The Khadi industry is totally non-polluting and does not recklessly destroy natural resources both in terms of raw material and energy. It gives employment to millions of men and women of today’s rural India.
The cover of this journal is made with hand-spun Khadi fabric and the pages are made from recycled cotton rags and jute fiber. Each journal comes with an intricate Gandhi bookmark.
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15 years ago I sat down to make my first greeting card and since then its been a creative journey that has brought me joy, happiness and recognition. I experimented with recycled paper and created a fine range of stationery along with other lifestyle products.
During this journey my work generated a lot of scrap and left-over paper which I was not willing to discard or part with. We have been saving odd pieces of paper and wastage at our fabrication unit since the year 1999 and collected them in a hope to recycle and reuse sometime in the future.
With time, my passion for paper turned into a full-fledged business and I had lesser time for creative projects, every time I decided to do something with these papers, something or the other would come up and I would again forget about them. This went on for 15 years till one fine day in March of 2015; I decided to make good use of this stockpile!
I believe art can be created from waste and this is my ode to mother nature. This pack of note cards with envelopes is steeped in history and eco-friendliness and a testament to my commitment to reuse and recycle. These are complimentary and distributed to customers buying products at our stores.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
Once upon a time we only made handmade cards from recycled paper, we made thousands of them in multiple designs. Featured are three cards from that collection.
Wall hangings handcrafted from handmade paper and recycled wood in a variety of designs.