By Hand From The Heart: One Show, Many Stories!

By Hand From The Heart is a curated makers market event in Chennai, South India. UPCOMING EVENT: 24th – 25th, AUGUST, CROWNE PLAZA, CHENNAI

Meet The Maker: Bindu Kasinadhuni, Textile Designer

It is all about the tomorrow we are leaving behind for our children. That is how Bindu Kasinadhuni describes the birth of Chakra. Creating fabrics, weaving bed linens and summer wear, CHAKRA’s fabrics are not only stylish and wearable, but also responsibly manufactured. The traditional printing methods are practiced and expertly executed on a range of cotton fabrics.

Chakra was born soon after Bindu had her daughter, which was also the end of her 8-year corporate career. This was back in 2011 in New York. The one thing she was clear about was that she wanted to work with “Kalamkari” and “sustainable practices” only.

Having graduated from National Institute of Design, she worked for a few years before moving on to pursue Master’s degree in textile design from Philadelphia University. Bindhu did share that people in the USA were far more aware and had a sense of the environment around them. Whereas in India even though we have adequate resources, many are left untouched.

She has recently sent a small shipment of products for an event in New York, a mix of Khadi fabric, yarn vegetable dye, Jumbani and much more. All this has been possible courtesy the weavers coop in the South. The early years were quite the struggle, especially first two years where she met quite a few weavers till they found one who matched her expectations.

She is quite excited about the upcoming By Hand From the Heart Show, for she had visited the event last year and that is when discovered this was an event she wanted to be a part of. The audience and clientele that visited the show is aware, educated and ready to make a difference. For the upcoming event, she has collaborated with a friend who is a designer to roll out a new collection of home linen, hand painted linen, cotton fabrics and many other functional products as well. The beauty of Chakra is that Bindu Kasinadhuni has some big plans, she wants to expand and enter in the market for autumn & winter wear with a line of Layered Khadi , indigo featuring different textures and different kinds of yarns.

Bindu Kasinadhuni will showcase Chakra Design Studios’s collection at the By Hand, From The Heart Artisan & Farmers Market. 7- 8 August 2015 | 10 a.m – 8 p.m | Hanu Reddy Residences, 41/19, Poes Garden, Teynampet, Chennai.

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Bindu Kasinadhuni in conversation with Aarti Krishnakumar – a By Hand From The Heart exclusive.


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