Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Sorry everyone! I know it's been a while since I posted. What, with the holidays and figuring out details to my India trip, I just didn't get time to post. But, I've come back with images of our product that if you are interested in, you can email me for price points.

We had a great sale at the Creek and Cave and a few products leftover are featured below. All the products are hand block printed by either me or the wonderful family of Yasin Shahbuddin in India. They are 100% cotton using only vegetable dyes, NO CHEMICAL DYES. The process is very rigorous but evermore gratifying. I can't tell you the joy that comes by making these products using only what is natural in this world, not making the artisans sick, and not killing the beauty of our environment. The product is made with the hope that it will be loved as much as it was loved into creation.

After learning of the crisis the textile industry has created with it's fast fashion craze, I can no longer create product without thinking of where it has come from and where it might end up. I do not want products to end up in the landfill when they could easily be reused or recycled. Most of the fabrics that I printed, were printed on reclaimed fabric, that would have otherwise been dumped into a landfill, shipped off to a third world textile market, or exhausted the textile second hand market.

So, by buying this product, you would be making a conscious decision of what you buy and how you take care of it. This product is made with love and should be taken care of with love to. Be gentle with it's washes and if you do tire of it, give it another home or place it in a bag for recycling. A fact we don't know is, is that we can place all our textiles, whether it be clothing you are tired of or torn up rags, into the charity boxes we see on the side of the road. The charity in charge then rifles through those articles and places them in appropriate piles: recycle, re-use, or ship off.

So for 2011, let's all do our part. Let's buy with consciousness. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Going to lend a hand at a sales event for Build a Nest. They are a nonprofit organization that supports female artisans from around the world. The event is taking place at Shecky's. Visit www.buildanest.com to see how you can do your part.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thank you for your support at the Creek

A great day with old and new friends at The Creek and Cave in Long Island City.  Thank you to Helen Ho and Karen Overton for hosting the Queens Green Drinks event at the Creek and Cave along with a craft fair. We had a great day making new friends and bringing our products to the public.

We premiered our company ICHCHA, wish, featuring our jewelry and home textile line. We are happy that everyone appreciated our products and helped with our cause. Thanks to the customers, 60% of the  proceeds from the jewelry line that included the Lucky seeds from Peru will be going towards assisting the mentally and physically challenged children of Anjo Gabrielle in Peru. To read up more on this charitable effort, you can click on blog to be led to my sister, Rachna Kumar's blog.

Lucky red seeds from the Anjo Gabrielle jewelry line

Hand block printed textiles using natural dyes

Our website is currently under construction but feel free to email us at info@ich-cha.com if you are interested in our products. We would love to hear your comments on our products and hope you are enjoying them as much as we enjoyed making them.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


 Hi everyone, the details for the Craft at the Creek are out. Join us on December 11 from 1-5 pm in Long Island City. See you there!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


So, one website led to another and I came across two great inspirations. One is the blog by Vineeta Nair, called Artnlight. It has great write ups about designers and designs of India. So, once I signed up for updates on her website, I received an email about Mora Collection. I was stunned by the collection featured, the colors, the patterns. It's like nothing I've seen before and it seemed to raise the confidence in me, that different can work.

Follow the links to their appropriate sights and let me know if you feel as blown away by them as me. Here are a few images from the Mora website. Simply Amazing. The images on my website don't do justice, follow the link to see them in their appropriate setting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Likes at One of a Kind Show

So I went to the One of a Kind show this Saturday, November 20 in New York City. It was just one floor of designers with their handcrafted products. After wandering the markets of London, I was a bit disappointed as to the creativity level featured in New York. However, a few did catch my eye and I picked up their business cards. Here is the list:

La Muse Kalliope - handcrafted characters. Follow the link to her Etsy shop. I wish I had more visuals, because that is what attracted me to her stall.

 Monkey Chow - illustrations, art, and design. Link leads to their etsy shop as well.

The Intuitive Garden - Handmade Wearable Art
Designs by Candace Mangin-Barnes
Loved her jewelry!

F. Rock - sustainable carryalls for men
Amazing shape, fabrics, look of bags for men made from reclaimed fabrics! Totally sustainable! Say what?

Chikahisa Studio - handcrafted jewelry
This little piece is the Happy Buddha Sapphire - I couldn't stop looking at it, wishing it was mine. 

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these few finds.

In other news, my sister and I will be featuring a few products from our upcoming collection at the Queens Green Drink event in Long Island City on December 11, 2010. I will upload more info on the event in the coming week along with a preview of what we have to offer. Leave a note if you are able to attend. More info if you follow the link: http://www.greendrinks.org/index.php?country=USA&city=Queens. Also, you can find them on facebook: facebook.com/queens.drinks.

Till later!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chelsea College of Art and Design

The website for the 2010 MA Textile Design graduates at the Chelsea College of Art and Design is up. Follow the link http://chelseamatextiles.com/2010-2/ruchika-kumar.
Leave a comment if you are interested in any of the works or email the appropriate person for more info.

Below are a few more pictures of the work in progress. I'll be uploading more images of final fabrics produced for those who are interested in purchasing.  

Monday, November 15, 2010


Inspiring images and color from pottery displayed at a museum in Jaipur

Also a link to an article by Elaine Lipson in the Handeye magazine. Follow the link for a great write up about Slow cloth and the ideal behind the slow design movement. http://www.handeyemagazine.com/content/slow-cloth

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Finds

The following were amazing finds on the internet. The first is Kantha Threads, by a woman in Bangladesh. Follow the link to an in-depth detail of her life and how she has inspired and supported women in their life through these threads. Her work is quite inspiration and very impressive.
"Holud" http://kanthathreads.com/

"reflection" http://kanthathreads.com/

Second, is a magazine called HandEye. This website brings the stories of craftsmen and women from around the world into our homes. It's a great way to know about different organizations, artists, and crafts. If you have the time, go through some of the articles, I've come across some great finds. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I no longer wish for that Cheeseburger

Just finished reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I had attempted it awhile back but couldn't get interested. However, after being introduced to how un-sustainable we are leading our lives this year, I turned back to this book to see what it had in store. My sister, THE ENVIRONMENTALIST, is laughing her head off right now, now that she has finally converted her youngest to the cult of eco-friendly, sustainable, and anti-consumerism. However, she also regrets making me into the monster I have now become. :)

The book was very interesting, not necessarily biased, it tried to lay out the facts, which unfortunately were leaning towards one side. The side that big corporations have and are going to great lengths to get the consumer to buy buy buy and eat eat eat, in large proportions without consideration for the humans involved, environment exploited, or the future sacrificed. The read might be a little strong at times, because of the details of the injuries suffered by workers at meatpacking factories. I got a little queasy myself. However, we do need to be aware of where our food comes from and who it affects. The book gives you a good review of how it all started, how we have come to the position we are at now and also offers a means to resolve this problem. This can be and should be related to my post about The Story of Stuff, which gives a good explanation of how change is slow in happening in governments.

Anyways, this was a very serious post, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. We read, we learn, and move on with a better judgment about how to lead life. On that note, enjoy the video below.