Closely Watched Trends: Bags

Shubho / September 18th, 2010

This is about those charming little handbags from the workshop of the talented designer-duo Ivana Dimitrijevic & Prithwish Das. Prithwish & Ivana set up their design workshop together in a small attic atop their Santiniketan residence in 2008, and soon they were producing these finely crafted & strikingly original designer handbags.

Hand-crafted bag by Ivana & Prithwish

Each bag is painstakingly designed, hand-stitched, with the duo personally travelling to & scavenging all parts of Bengal to select & source their material.

Detail of block-printed fabric from one of the bags

Clearly, a fine understanding of the nuances of textile – the language of texture, an intuitive grasp of the flow of patterns – resulted in these rich & layered creations.

Hand-crafted Bag by Ivana & Prithwish

These hand-crafted bags have a charm of their own, with their measured imperfections & ’errors’, & (often, the best part) the designers’ whim in their choices of materials & contours. All these add up to a kind of poetic perfection where each creation offers a set of material solutions which seems just right within its scope.

Rarh Design Studio
© Rarh Design Studio, 2010. All Rights Reserved. Images by Prithwish Das.


3 Responses to “Closely Watched Trends: Bags” more

deepa m / 20 Sep 2010

very intersting - do they have a website where we could see more such bags? & how can i purchase online?

prithwish / 20 Sep 2010

thanks for the comment. right now we don't have a web-site, but soon we are going to launch a site where every one can see the range of bag's and also will be able to purchase online.

please Let us know if you have any query about the bags.

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Bhaswati / 24 Sep 2010

How wonderful! I have a weakness for cloth bags like these in particular. On my list of to-visit places the next time I am in Santiniketan (pray it be soon!).