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Steadfast to their calling, the duo Jaya and Balbir have been celebrating design since 1998. Having started off with Studio B, the duo soon diverted their time to self-expression that gave birth to the Anhad project — a platform that showcases handmade products crafted by talented craftsmen.

Indigo

Indigo dye. Photo Courtesy: Skeeze

Our brand Anhad is about sustainable hand crafting and Indigo works very well with such age old patterning techniques based on resist or reserve process.

The one colour that completely surrounds you while working with craft in India is Indigo. In fact it is said that Indigo gets its name from India. However, at the moment it is just not craft, Indigo appears everywhere from streetwear to the runways.

Belongs to Otti Berger

Photo Courtesy: Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1955. Otti Berger was a textile artist and weaver. She was a student, teacher and assisted Gunta Stölzl at the Bauhaus.

Bauhaus School

Photo Courtesy: Moonglow

Stadelwand (Stable Wall), 1936

Artist: Herbert Bayer. Herbert was one of the artists from the Bauhaus era who is an inspiration for Anhad.

Wake at the Olympic Sculpture Park by Richard Serra

An American minimalist sculptor, Wake is an example of Neo Minimalism art style. Photo Courtesy: Mcfisher.

By Richard Serra

Wake (2004) offers multiple perspectives when seen from different angles.

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Colour Stories: with Anhad; for the love of Indigo and how it spills into work

Leaving behind the process and details of a project we usually dig into when writing an article, we’re taking a moment to understand designers, artists and several other creative heads in the Colour series. A second write up in the series, CQ talks to Jaya, founder at Anhad and understands her colour and design inspirations.

Anhad, Jaya and Balbir

Steadfast to their calling, the duo Jaya and Balbir have been celebrating design since 1998. Having started off with Studio B, the duo soon diverted their time to self-expression that gave birth to the Anhad shop — a platform that showcases handmade products crafted by talented craftsmen. While the techniques adapted maybe old school, every little stitch reflects a generational tale and a passion that translates into a good day’s work.

Steadfast to their calling, the duo Jaya and Balbir have been celebrating design since 1998. Having started off with Studio B, the duo soon diverted their time to self-expression that gave birth to the Anhad project — a platform that showcases handmade products crafted by talented craftsmen.

What colour inspires you?

Mood Indigo.

As most beautifully said by William Morris- "Of blues there is only one real dye, Indigo". Our brand Anhad is about sustainable hand crafting and Indigo works very well with such age old patterning techniques based on resist or reserve process. Historically the symbol of opulence, Indigo dyed textiles are still considered intellectual luxury across the world. The charm of Indigo is not restrained by trends; it is one colour that is timeless.

Indigo

Indigo dye. Photo Courtesy: Skeeze

Where did/do you see or observe this colour?

The one colour that completely surrounds you while working with craft in India is Indigo. In fact it is said that Indigo gets its name from India. However, at the moment it is just not craft, Indigo appears everywhere from streetwear to the runways. Having worked with trend forecasts and pavilions for the last two decades, we have seen this colour emerge into the mainstream market. It has become one of the biggest trends in the fashion world and has had a huge impact on the denim industry.

Our brand Anhad is about sustainable hand crafting and Indigo works very well with such age old patterning techniques based on resist or reserve process.

Why do you like it?

In this day and age, we are all trying to find a way out of all the crazy chaos, stress, and babel and Indigo seems to be the only way. It is a New Age colour that signifies perception, clarity and intuition. I really love Indigo because for me it is the colour of peace.

The one colour that completely surrounds you while working with craft in India is Indigo. In fact it is said that Indigo gets its name from India. However, at the moment it is just not craft, Indigo appears everywhere from streetwear to the runways.

What is your design inspiration? A person, place or studio, or any specific element?

Widely one could say it is our experiences as travelers, thinkers and dreamers that inspires our work. These experiences are the kissas and kahanis (episodes and stories), that we translate into products. The stories or our experiences form the content of our work but the structure or the design language is inspired by the artists of Bauhaus School of Design like Gunta Stölzl, Herbert Bayer and Erich Borchert amongst others.

Belongs to Otti Berger

Photo Courtesy: Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1955. Otti Berger was a textile artist and weaver. She was a student, teacher and assisted Gunta Stölzl at the Bauhaus.

Stadelwand (Stable Wall), 1936

Artist: Herbert Bayer. Herbert was one of the artists from the Bauhaus era who is an inspiration for Anhad.

A little about the Bauhaus School of Design

Founded by German architect Walter Gropius in the year 1919, the Bauhaus School of Design is a blend of arts and crafts. An influential educational institution in the field of art, architecture and design, the school opened its doors in the year 1919 until 1933 and is often considered the founding bricks to avant-garde and modern style architecture.

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Photo Courtesy: Moonglow

"The one colour that completely surrounds you while working with craft in India is Indigo. In fact it is said that Indigo gets its name from India. However, at the moment it is just not craft, Indigo appears everywhere from streetwear to the runways."

What’s the work that is your design inspiration?

Inspiration and stories come from different cultures and experiences. Their expression and communication renders them in different textures and colours. There is not just one artwork or one source of inspiration but many. The term that can be most identified with our body of work is Neo Minimalism. This could be best seen through the work of the following artists: David Burdney, Richard Serra, Marjan Eggermont and Catharine Burgess.

Wake at the Olympic Sculpture Park by Richard Serra

An American minimalist sculptor, Wake is an example of Neo Minimalism art style. Photo Courtesy: Mcfisher.

Neo Minimalism is a more contemporary and modern form of minimalism, which is also known as 60’s grandchild of Bauhaus movement. It finds its roots in traditional Japanese design known for its simplicity and functionality. It is also a form that dabbles in abstract expressionism.

By Richard Serra

Wake (2004) offers multiple perspectives when seen from different angles.

If we were to showcase any one of your recent projects, which one would it be?

We would like to share our collection 'Two Dimensions' inspired by the design philosophy of the Bauhaus School, Germany. Playfully layered and wood blocked in geometric compositions on Khadi and Silk, this collection presents tonal perfection.

This collection is inspired by not only the ideology of Bauhaus but the works of the women designers from there. While women were allowed into school—and its manifesto stated that it welcomed “any person of good repute, without regard to age or sex”—a strong gender bias still informed its structure. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius encouraged this distinction through his vocal belief that men thought in three dimensions, while women could only handle two.  

Being a woman myself and having worked as a space designer for the last decade and a half, this collection voices an opinion, one that begs to differ. The collection is visualised to be a play of illusions and perspectives of space. It is a vision of the three dimensions into two.

This collection was designed and unveiled in the last Maison et Objet, Paris in January 2017.  It was part of 'What's New', the trend section at the fair. It was also highlighted by the Trend Bible in their 2017 edition.

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Peek into Jaya & Balbir's work on www.theanhadshop.com
More on Studio B on www.studiobindia.com/#graphics-home
Explore the Bauhaus School on www.bauhaus-movement.com/en/
More Colour Stories, soon.