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The kanthas (or quilts) made by layering old sareesand embellished by Muslim women are the inspiration behind modern day Kantha embroidery. The Abakash label used types of run stitches to adorn sarees, scarves, bags, boxes and even diaries.

The Khesh weaving by using new yarn for the warp and old sarees torn into strips for the weft have been a long standing tradition in Birbhum. The Abakash label just used this technique – traditionally restricted to bed covers to fashion sarees and dress fabric.

Ever since Tagore introduced Batik to Santiniketan by indonesian masters, the craft has flourished in the area. The Abakash label specialises in free hand Batik to adorn sarees, scarves, dupattas as well as bedcovers and napkins.

By using traditional forms of tie dye resist, the Abakash label draws inspiration from nature to create scarves, clothes and linen.

Leather accessories are one of the things that Santiniketan is famous for. The Abakash label works with leather, but instead of the traditional embossed designs, it combines leather with fabrics like silk or khesh.

By following a simple criteria of no machine and no polish, the Abakash label fashions trays, hooks, mirrors and even the occassional furniture.


A bough of bougainvillea marking its entrance, the Alcha store has a rustic decor that leans towards minimalism. Woven bamboo separators, an iron stand fashioned into a swirly tree, an abstract mannequin by the local iron smith, wicker storage baskets and handloom curtains – all create the ambience. The store invites people to browse through pieces in complete leisure.

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A range of different craft styles, a plethora of talented artisans, and lush greenery all around - Shantiniketan easily inspired. From colourful seeds which tribal women fashion into jewelry, to fine embroidery on luxurious silks.

Here craftsmen could bring out the best in just about any material.And we couldn't resist, we had to explore. With an aim to see a manifestation of our design aesthetic in these age-old crafts, the Abakash label was born in 2004. Hand-crafted from materials that are locally available, we try to tweak existing processes and bring about

design innovation - in an endeavour to delight with each product.Situated a short walk away from the bustling marketplace of Ratanpalli, the Alcha Store sits amidst serene surroundings. It primarily stocks things designed and made in Santiniketan under the Abakash label. In recent years it has also started stocking few wares of like minded producers.

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Ratan Pally, Santiniketan
West Bengal – 731235,
Phone -+91 8373060755
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