Oodles of Talent

..is what this post is about
A few bright peeps and some lovely stores
And a couple of discount codes!
Padmaja Krishnan
Padmaja wrote to me a few weeks back and shared her work with me. As I browsed through her albums, I was mesmerised by the gossamer fabric and fluid silhouettes of her beautiful clothing line. I could almost feel the gorgeous clothes through these images! Padmaja, an alumnus from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, has had solo as well as group exhibits of her work in several countries including UK, Japan, USA, Hong Kong and Portugal. Her work has recently been covered brilliantly by Vineeta and Kavita – do click on the links to read more about her profile and inspiration.  

You can find Padmaja on facebook, and via her site/blog Transit Design
Nikheel Aphale
I chanced upon Nikheel’s work late last year. I am a huge fan of calligraphy, and illustrations, and completely fell in love with Nikheel’s works of art! According to Nikheel, his work reflects the image-centric visual abstraction of letter forms, where legibility often plays a secondary role. He likes to explore compositions of letters and expose their hidden beauty through interesting forms, spaces and surfaces with the help of unconventional tools and techniques.

Nikheel currently works as an independent graphic designer and calligrapher in Delhi, India. His artworks are available for sale, and he can also be reached for doing customized design work.
Get in touch with Nikheel on his blog – Personaleekhin, and via this email
Little Prachee

Little Prachee is an adorable clothing line designed and run by Prachi Walia, a graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bombay. 
Little Prachee’s inspiration comes from vintage clothing. The lovely ‘mom’ crafted frocks and the joy of dressing up. The choice of fabrics come from beautiful heritage of rich Indian handloom to which is added imagination and finesse of modern tailoring, and, a touch of love to everything!

Find Little Prachee on Facebook, and their soon to be launched website.

L’Atelier Des Cousines

L’Atelier des Cousines is founded by Barcelona born Cristina and  Elisabet. They have accumulated their experiences and interests from their stay in London, Australia and France and created the delightful line of kids and home accessories called L’Atelier des Cousines. Bringing together damask, Scottish pattern, french cottage chic and eastern ethnic style together, their collection is a must see!

Find L’Atelier des Cousines on their blog, and shop for their products on Etsy. The good news is that An Indian Summer reader’s can avail a special 15% discount on all their products on etsy by using the code ANINDIANSUMMER1. Happy shopping! 

 The Butter NYC
A chic downtown NYC based design team, hailing from Japan, offers cards, stationery, invitations, all of which can be customized to your liking! They have some exciting patterns in their latest collection, and, a special discount code just for you! Use INDIANSUMMER here while making purchases, and you’ll get a 10% discount! 
The Butter NYC’s website, their blog and also on facebook!

It’s Handmade
Conceptualized and run by Shreya Bajaj, a 22 year old student from Bangalore, India, ItsHandMade, an online selling portal gives an opportunity to all creative people to share their creations on a common platform. Shreya’s dream is to give people a reason to create art all the time as a means to a livelihood, instead of practising it as just a hobby. This is what I would pick from the promising site:
Shop for products here and Connect on facebook with ItsHandmade

Pavithra sent me information on another interesting online portal called Zaarga.com. Zaarga aims to create an aesthetic online market place as well as a community feel interface that enables sharing of ideas and feedback through social sharing and blog inputs. My pick of goodies from Zaarga are right here!

Shop from Zaarga and connect with them on facebook
Himani’s Photographic Narration 
There’s a new blog on the block, and one that I am watching with interest! Himani Mantri Grover is a product designer based out of Gurgaon, India, and has recently started the blog Chicory Chai. This is what she says about herself and her blog: I am influenced by the past & the stories it tells. I love the luxury in ‘ancient’, glamour in ‘retro’ & the chic elegance of ‘vintage’ & the priceless charm of ‘handmade’. I can’t wait to see more of her beautifully photographed images!
Say hello to Himani here!
[All images: An Indian Summer and respective owners]
You now know why I said Oodles of Talent at the beginning of this post, right? 
Some seriously talented people are right here in this post!
There are two peeps whom I still need to write about
Two brilliant photographers
One from India, and one who loves to photograph India!
Do come and visit me tomorrow
And I promise to regale you with beautiful visual stories
Photographed by these two photo wallahs 🙂


  1. Wow, so many beautiful things to browse and look at! I'm so excited that I'm going to Bangalore in just five weeks – all the talent there! My number one priority is to check out some of the local craft fairs. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Those stationary look super cool…:)'

  3. GB

    Padmaja's designs are soooo tempting!Love the artists you've showcased here.

  4. What an apt name for your post, oodles of talent indeed. All impressive, especially Nikheel Aphale, Transit Design, Its Handmade, Zaarga. Thanks for sharing this!

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